Imperfect Perfections

Imperfect Perfections

This pot is inspired from bird –faced female figurines dated from the 1450-1200 B.C. The anthropomorphic figurines from Cyprus are mainly found in tombs which correspond to the physical space of the living society. Within this context , figures represent women: wives, mothers, sisters. Bird-like features of the female figures allude to the Goddess Astarte. They characteristically have wide hips tapering to small pointed feet, thin arms sometimes holding a baby and very large pierced ears. The figures are hollow, and therefore light. Their faces are formed by pinching, giving a bird-like effect. Details, such as eyes, are added using pellets of clay, while incisions decorate the neck and exaggerated pubic triangle. From these figures, one can say that voluptuous meant beautiful at the time. My own illustrations of the female figure keep the characteristic bird-like head, but alter the bodies to reflect different types often seen today. As well as the myriad of body types that occur naturally, there are artificial ways to alter our image such as plastic surgery, an exaggeration of diet or exercise. What is our idea of beauty nowadays? What is our idea of beauty for ourselves? Are we comfortable in our own skin? And most importantly, is our perception of beauty being dictated by media or society?
Hand Build
Black Clay, Colour Slips
Stencil Decoration
Earthenware

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