Shelter 35cm H x 21cm W x 17cm
Deep bronze and cast glass Looking at prehistoric artifacts and stories, we find caves playing a mythical role in society. Caves are closely tied with female sexuality and its life giving powers, they were considered to be the ‘wombs’ of ‘Mother Earth’. Mayans believed caves to be sacred, a place where the gods could move between worlds. In my work I use caves as a metaphor for the subconscious, and spiritual dimensions of human existence. With the shift to a secular society, science has replaced mysticism and has renamed the realm of the gods ‘the subconscious’. Spirituality, psychoanalysis, and art are all human endeavors to explore this hidden aspect of our nature. Using the archetypal female form and its close associations with caves this piece explores a common and deep-seated intuitive attraction to these forms and the mysteries they present.