I’ve had a little iron replica Venus of Willendorf for many years after buying her in a little New Age shop in Madison, CT. I first learned about her in art history in college and was unimpressed. She was all the things I didn’t want to be: fleshy, round, wide, pendulous. I bought her thinking that perhaps in the future I’d grow to understand her. There is a lot they didn’t know about her including why she was made. We were told she was a 25,000 year old fertility symbol and the oldest known.
Jay Feather, Butterfly Weed Pod, and Southwestern Cone Pencil and Graphite on Paper, 11 x 14″
I don’t know what kind of conifer the cone came from but will try and figure it out this fall in New Mexico, where I found it. The cone is a solid piece, more like an outer shell than a structure on it’s own.
From a series of drawings done over the past year of natural objects and the Venus of Willendorf.