Call for Art (Ended)
Make your own Venus in Clay: Future Relics
Variously called “Venus Figurines, Pretty Ladies, Fertility Figures”, these small, portable clay figures are found all over the world. The original cultural meaning and purpose of these figures is not known. It has frequently been suggested that they may have served a ritual or symbolic function. They have been religious figures, an expression of health & fertility, grandmother goddesses or self-depictions by female artists.
We invited people make more of these Venus’, creating them to become “future relics”. Our goal for this Call for Art is have these creations 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 celebrate 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 figurines 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 reached out to involve the community in a different way!
Below are images of some of the Future Relics made by the community.
Thank you to everyone who participated ~ Special thanks to Sarah Rizzo for firing the Venus’.
Future Relic Makers/ Participating Artists:
Venus in 2-D
Sara Oconnell OConnell (Sent photo of Venus in Clay)
Morgan Mooney-McCarthy (Sent photo of Venus in Clay)
Samantha McCarthy (Sent photo of Venus in Clay)
L Salamandra (Sent photo of original artwork: Venus of Lespugue in 2-D Collage)
JB Colson (Sent photograph of Dogan African Sculpture)
Ralph Sanders (Sent photo of original scratchboard artwork)