FREE Call for Art:
Draw, Paint or Create your own Venus in 2-D
Wikipedia says Venus has been described as perhaps “the most original creation of the Roman pantheon”, and “an ill-defined and assimilative” native goddess, combined “with a strange and exotic Aphrodite”. Her cults may represent the religiously legitimate charm and seduction of the divine by mortals, in contrast to the formal, contractual relations between most members of Rome’s official pantheon and the state, and the unofficial, illicit manipulation of divine forces through magic. The ambivalence of her persuasive functions has been perceived in the relationship of the root *venes- with Latin venenum (poison), in the sense of “a charm, magic philtre”.
We’re inviting people make images of Venus, creating them using paint or drawing materials, standard or digital. Our goal for this Call for Art is have these creations made and photographed, and the photographs included in the image files of “Second Bite: the Wisdom of the Apple”, an immersive art installation located in Davis, California.
Second Bite: the Wisdom of the Apple provides an environment where individuals are surrounded by dozens of Apple computers that are all celebrating the presence and achievements of women. With more than 7500 images of women of all ages, locations and vocations playing across the screens, Second Bite is a unique immersive experience. The art installation presently includes photos of many of these Venus images but we need more photos of more figures / Venus’ / Goddesses to help guide our project forward!
Our project “Second Bite” was awarded a grant by the City of Davis’ Arts and Cultural Affairs to support free public events between January – April 2020. Sadly the events have been sidelined by the “shelter-in-place” directives to try to manage the Covid-19 Virus.
So we’d like to reach out and involve the community in a different way!
Want to participate?
Anyone, anywhere can participate in this free “call for art”. It doesn’t matter where you live. All you need is something to draw, paint or make marks with. Sign up, create a Venus. Then, email a photograph* of your creation to us.
Sign up, maybe take a look at the references (down below) or do on-line searching. Create a drawing or painting. When your Venus is done, photograph* her and send along to be included in our trove of images celebrating women.
You need only to send in photos of your Venus.
NO age limit
NO words or numbers visible please.
This Call for Art is FREE for everyone.
No Experience necessary.
Sign up Period: April 4 – June 20, 2020. ALL photos due by June 20, 2020
Instructions, examples and resource materials are here, scroll down.
Please share this with anyone you think may be interested!
* Place your Venus’ in an attractive setting to photograph: against the wall without an angle or bend to the piece or perhaps place carefully on the floor and look straight down to photograph. Standard resolution photo file size is perfect.
Inspired by the past, imbued with the present, they can be put on your wall, altar, or stored for the future.
Below are LOTS of photographs to inspire you. As you can see, the female form has been celebrated for a very long time. Here is just a small collection of the historic Venus forms created through the millennia.