The portrait in these pieces are based on Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, later known as Venus by the Romans. Whilst investigating my Italian heritage and questioning my fascination with ‘classical’ figurative sculpture I discovered many of the pieces I had seen in Italy and in British museums were roman copies of earlier Hellenistic works. This lead me into asking why are ‘classics’ revered so highly, copied and repeated over centuries.
Though this process I quite literally ‘deconstructed’ and re-assembled Aphrodite. This resulted in works which feel both ancient and modern. Furthermore, their intension is to subtly call into question the darker narratives surrounding female representations within western ‘classical’ sculpture.