Markina black marble
48 x 21 x 10 cm
This series of sculptures are inspired by the work ''The Language Of The Goddess'' (1989), by the Lithuanian archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994). In this work, Gimbutas analysed and classified a multitude of archaeological artifacts - small sculptures and objects of bone, stone, and ceramics - extracted from various Neolithic sites in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, in order to identify the meaning of a pictorial "script" developed at the dawn of European agriculture, nine or eight thousand years ago. With an interdisciplinary approach, which drew on archaeology, but also ethnography, linguistics, and comparative mythology, Gimbutas sought to reconstruct not only the symbology itself but also a goddess-inspired religion and a peaceful, balanced ideological system in tune with Nature, which would leave an indelible mark on the Western psyche.
“The Moon is the primordial image of birth, growth, death, putrefaction and regeneration. The cycle must have offered a way of understanding how a flower grows from a seed and from it a fruit that, sinking back into the darkness of the earth, returns as a regenerated seed. The "four" seasons, which mark the stages of plant life and trace the path of the sun as it returns to its place of origin, reflect the four phases of the Moon.”
Free translation of: Baring, Anne; Cashford, Jules (1991): The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image (fragment).
Bottom image: Neolithic drawings of the moon. Taken from: Gimbutas, Marija (1974): The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.