Goddess of Love
Distinguished work published in ArtAscent Vol 43 Sensuality June 2020
"On a mission to save what she loves"
Our children understand that an earth best suited to human habitation is dying at our own hand. They know that if our politicians do not act quickly, the earth will not be resuscitated. Those are the facts, well-established by scientists, regardless of what some may think and regardless of what we are told.
I realise that you can’t get serious action on climate change without government support and you can’t get that without the wider community understanding who and what drives the government. I try to explain that in this image and on my articles page.
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Description of the work
Designed to explain itself at a glance, my current 2020 project is a modern day art/education piece rendered digitally. The "Goddess of Love - On a Mission" was created so that you could choose the world you want and walk a path to get there. The compelling narrative woven into this profoundly beautiful work echoes across the planet and, in a single piece of salient art, captures the story of our time.
A modern day interpretation of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. As with Bosch, the panels are read sequentially from left to right and each panel is essential to the overall meaning.
The left panel, with the hidden green apple, represents innocence and the beauty of unspoiled nature in the Garden of Eden. The right panel with the gilded golden snake slinking away, after wreaking havoc on Gods creation, suggests Judgment. The main subject, the "Goddess of Love" contained in the triptukhon's central panel, together with "The Three Sisters" monoliths, represent humanity holding back the flood waters and can be viewed as our struggle to save paradise. The astonishing depth, to the far horizon, suggests a storyline that goes back a long way or projects into the future.
From mythology and inspired by Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus", the Goddess of Love emerges from the water after her birth when fully grown. A goddess whose functions encompass love, beauty and desire. Designed to get your attention, her appeal is sensory and accessible but, this time, the Goddess of Love is on a mission to save what she loves.
The opposing mountains leaning towards each other represent a monumental real life battle and portray the environmental and humanitarian devastation of rampant corporate greed, on one side, in opposition to the natural world and society on the other. Riddled with metaphors begging interpretation, the dream and animal spirit meanings are just a small part of this expansive performance and brush lightly over the surface of a much deeper and profound social massage. The main message being that our exploitation and destruction of the planet is starting to come unhinged as we realise we are also destroying ourselves.
The work is a great discussion piece and there's something in it for everyone. Like Banksy, when words aren’t working, it becomes more than just a wonderful work of art, it's a compelling visual narrative that, at a glance, could shift public opinion to help save the natural world along with humanity and, that’s my motivation.
Some of the dream & animal spirit meanings in this artwork
EAGLE: Messenger of the gods.
REEDS: In mythology the reed represents the human will and it takes a strong will not to be moved by worldly ambitions or sensuality but, to surrender personal interests to that of the universal greater good.
LILY PADS: Lily pads represent the cycle of life and our own fleeting fragility and beauty, from our birth, through our prime, to our death. Though rooted in mud, we can rise to blossom in sunlight above the water.
LOTUS FLOWER: The lotus blossoms when the human heart opens itself to detachment from the material world, rising to enlightenment through purity of mind, body, actions and speech.
KANGAROO: Indicates gratitude and abundance and, speaks about family, balance, and strength. Some of the things needed to sustain a successful and happy life. In this case they also represent us.
KOALA: The masters of mindfulness - Move slowly and choose wisely. The koala spirit teaches us the core lesson of life on earth. In this case the Koala is clinging to a sawn-off tree branch and is desperately appealing for help.
WOMBAT: An aboriginal totem passed down by family members of a clan as a spiritual symbol meaning that you need to be aware of returning to your family when your work is done.
CRANE: Symbolizes using your voice uniquely to expose secrets and help others on their path.
HUMMINGBIRD: A symbol of beauty and grace are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy - Also, you have the ability to do far more than you think.
BUTTERFLY: The butterfly brings lightness, happiness and colour to your life. A metamorphosis has begun and like the Monarch butterfly's three generation continental return journey to the same location, you are tuned in to the ancient wisdom of the ancestors.
LORIKEET: The symbolic character traits of the Lorikeet include communication skills, recognition of your soul mate, the love of communication and language, ability to see every view-point and, respect of other people’s opinions. In this case, the Lorikeet also represents people with those qualities being crucified.
CASSOWARY: Maintains a lush green forest and keeps it alive. Represents strength and a strong will to fight to protect what is most important with a mix of defence and offense.
DRAGONFLY: Change, transformation and being open to new experience. Something big is unfolding.
CICADA: The embodiment of rebirth after living so long in the dark. Sends a loud clear message once awakened.
LADYBUG: This spirit meaning symbolizes happiness and a playful spirit and brings an instant sense of pure delight to reminds us that the small things in life are worth protecting and make it all worthwhile.
CRAYFISH: Determined attitude to achieve a goal that is annoying or off-putting to others. Symbolizes protection, regeneration and the power to transform. Along with the Platypus, the crayfish is a Goddess of Love protector and mascot.
PLATYPUS: Teaches us to swim through our emotions and be aware of our uniqueness. It dares us to be our-self and reassures us that no matter what others think, don’t be afraid to be who we really are.
FISH: The water element connection gives fish spirits the connotation of the subconscious, emotions, healing and purification with purposeful movement and mindful independence.
FROGS: This spirit symbolizes a transitional phases to remind us that change is a natural and positive part of life.
TADPOLES: Awareness of the simplicity of life and reminds us there are those who have not reached full maturity or understanding.
MOUNTAIN IN THE SNOW: Symbolises our dreams, goals and aspirations sparking the enthusiasm to push us to active deeds and to achieve great goals.
THE THREE SISTERS: West of Sydney, this Blue Mountains icon represents Australians working together to hold back the impending floodwaters of climate change and global warming in an effort to save paradise.
WATERFALL: Washing away the past and rejuvenation.
RAINBOW: Represents an inner awakening and hope for the future.
ROCKY GROUND: Walking over rocky ground symbolizes a difficult road ahead made more dangerous walking through water.
GOLD NUGGET: Symbolizes our quest to perfect, illuminate and refine ourselves. On the other side, the gold nugget found in this river bed suggests we will dig up, dredge and destroy our beautiful environment looking for more driven by selfish greed.
BLUE STONE: The Goddess of Love is pointing to the blue stone representing royalty and power, to remind us that all previous great civilization went under and were destroyed by the greed of the ruling elite.
FIG LEAF: A sign of blessing and security and more importantly, it's a biblical metaphor for how we should recognize the sign of the times when good is overshadowed by evil and the fig tree is stripped bare and fruitless. That's then we need to work towards creating a better world.
You can learn more about mythology and view fine detail of other famous Triptukhons & paintings of "The Birth of Venus" on the Art History page.
To exhibit a full size canvas (75cm x 130cm) of the "Goddess of Love - On a Mission" at your gallery or, for a private viewing or, to engage the artist, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or, leave a message in the comments section below.
Canvas & Posters
For a beautiful work of art and to support climate action, you can grab a "Goddess of Love" poster or a high definition museum quality limited edition canvas reproductions from the Canvas & Posters page. You can also download and print a free A4 Evolution poster, Mission poster or flyer.
The first person to find the apple and the snake in the "Goddess of Love" image above and post their meaning in the comments section below wins a signed 60cm x 90cm gloss photo poster of their choice from the Posters page - Happy hunting and good luck.