The Venus stool. Originally carved from a block of tulip wood, the shape has been lost wax cast in bronze. At the time of carving, I was probably thinking of a strong woman or mother figure and the shape started to come out like a female torso. I was thinking of strength, beauty and power, like a powerful strong shape, like a bollard that a ship is tied to, (as I spent many years sailing) or a woman on which you are tied, something unmovable and strong and solidly placed.
The shape reminded me of the Venus figurines, so I started doing some research and came across some interesting prehistoric pieces, especially the fertility forms of the Blagotin site in Serbia which I had never seen before and had a similar form. The astronomical symbol for Venus is the same as that used in biology for the female sex: a circle with a small cross beneath. The Venus symbol also represents femininity, and in Western alchemy stood for the metal copper. From antiquity polished copper has also been used for mirrors, and the symbol for Venus has sometimes been understood to stand for the mirror of the goddess.
|Full dimensions (cm)||