The most ancient symbol of Mother Earth that I know of is the symbol of the bucranium, the skull of an ox. This symbol was used a lot during neolithic times to signify fertility; the head symbolising the womb and the horns the fallopian tubes. I have been playing with these symbols a bit
In my ceramic plaque, I have replaced the bucranium with an image of Gaia’s face and the horns have turned into her hands picking life from the sea.
I’m showing this particular sculpture at the Arts Forum in Hastings this week www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk , along with a sculpture of Herne the Hunter. The show is to celebrate the wonderful Hastings Jack in the Green festival http://www.hastingsjack.co.uk/ that is taking place this weekend, and the private view is on Friday 29th 6.30-9.30 at 36 Marina in St. Leonards -on Sea. I hope to see you there!
The show will then run from 28th April-3rd May.
A lot of my inspiration for these pieces come from reading Marija Gimbutas books about Old European pre- history civilization.