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Goddess Series continued

The Venus figures are at the heart of this series, sometimes appearing as distinct entities and sometimes fragmented or diffused. They may be hidden or partially revealed, may be buried in the archeological strata or may be appearing to dance with each other through veils of time.

We are there too – people of today becoming immersed in this ancient homeland – looking at them, visiting their homes and caves, also becoming part of the environment that has supported life for so long.

Astonishingly, the art from so long ago communicates with us very directly. We recognise the animals and people that they drew, we share a sense of appreciation of their compositions, forms, colours and the quality of the marks they made. We also glimpse their awareness of motherhood, community and of mortality. The myths, legends, stories and historical studies merge with our experience and interpretations; these layers of understanding metaphorically reflected in the layers revealed in excavations.

A very helpful co-incidence led to my learning to use new techniques and materials to make monotypes at a workshop run by the inspirational Ron Pokrasso. All the works on paper in this series are monotype and this new approach proved to be perfect for the ideas I was developing about the Venus figures.

Some of the monotypes have chine colle, a type of collage, which allows images from other printing methods like etching, woodcut and relief printing to be built into the print, which often passes several times through the press. Consequently I was able to bring some images from earlier work into these new prints, building up complex ideas and images from many related elements.

In many of the prints there are references to ideas that resonated strongly for me – the ancient figures hiding until they are ‘discovered’ by archeologists (or perhaps because it is the right time for them to emerge). I see the layering of the archeological levels as a metaphor for the layers of time and the different qualities of the images reflect the veils that time has drawn over successive periods.

The Venus figures are often wearing jewellery and many beads and necklaces have been found. I was particularly struck by the delicate shell necklaces because when I was a little girl I had a shell necklace, just the same as these. I’m sure that my feelings about that necklace were similar to ones that girls and women then would have had

Please click on each image to enlarge.

Rocking Venus Becoming

Precious Shells Weaving Time


The monotypes are unique prints but share the same measurements (H40.5 xW30.5 cms). They are all printed with Akua inks on Arches 88 paper and many have chine colle, collaged or direct relief print added. Some of the added images are fragments from woodcuts, etching and drypoints and others are drawings on Japanese papers. Please click on each image to enlarge.

Each available framed £250, unframed £220.

Ancient Art monotype Emerging Venus monotype Hearts of Stone Mists of Time Making Waves

Buried Treasure

Making Time

The Three Graces

Red Hot Ancient Moma

Ancient Goddess

Time Travellers

Life Goes on


Life Will Find a Way

Don't Change the Stones

Don't Change the Stones

Daughters of The Moon

Song of Seasons


Lasting Past

Making Her Story

Secret Stones

Sisters in Stone

Children of the Earth

Earth Mother

Digging up the Past

Dance of Time

Bumps a Daisy

Pursuit of Love

Moment in Time


Ancient Energy

Who are you

Veils of Time

Return of Persephone

Ladies in Waiting

I was sad to leave my necklace

I've always loved that necklace

One of my favourite things

Meeting me, meeting you

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