The piling and silhouette process comes to a conclusion.
The sculpture is made from a pile of dishes. The concrete added around the shape.
A new form was born.
As a sacred ceremony, only the tribe elders knew the prescription: How to make a Goddess.
The form of iconography takes us back to the sources. Of all the mothers, from there the process started.
Planting. Fertility. Eating. Life. Companionship. Panis. Compassion. Welcoming. Feast. Hospitality. Tradition. Wealth.
These Days of "Moral hunger..." --Dali
Bread is one of the most historically significant human food sources. In ancient times it was the imperative difference between life and death in cultures all over the world. It is intertwined in our history in so many ways. From as far back as ancient times in Egypt, baking bread for the family was women's work in the home. Bread surrounded their psychological, economical, ethical, and traditional lives. The importance of bread was so significant, it was a way of giving thanks for the gift of life, of friendship, of prosperity.
Bread and the process of growing, harvesting, and making bread were often referred to in a metaphorical sense. Comparing the fertility of soil to the fertility of a woman was common. A woman with lots of babies was like fertile land. A woman with no children was barren and infertile like desolate land. And men were the sower of seeds... The whole process from seed to bread is similar to creating new human life. We see these comparisons also in the Bible:
In Song of Songs, Chapter 7, Verse 3, King Solomon refers to his wife by saying that her belly is like a pile of wheat. A high compliment...
In Genesis, Chapter 3, Verse 16-17—When Adam and Eve were caught eating from the forbidden fruit of knowledge, it is said that God told Eve, birth would cause her pain and sadness. He told Adam he would endure so much work, sweat, and sadness growing the wheat before he can have bread. Like Eve's pregnancy—he would endure pain before seeing the final product. Both tasks are life sustaining and very difficult.
Bread was a life giving food for thousands of years. But the Industrial Revolution was a turning point. Machines could plant, harvest, grind, sift, mix, knead, bake with speed and efficiency. Swapping a labor of love... A life sustaining staple... A symbol of life... for a quick plastic commodity.
In the ancient days when bread was such an integral part of life, back as far as 40,000 years ago, women believed they could become pregnant by holding small fertility goddess sculptures in their hands. Ancient fertility goddesses—the tiny icons believed to be capable of bringing about a pregnancy—are strikingly similar in texture to bread. The combination of these icons which look like bread as well as the deep connections between bread and life and fertility in history was the inspiration for my Fertility Goddess series.