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Art of the Day: Sunday May 23, 2004

Venus with apple

- by Tina Imel

This week's theme: Apples

Apples - a simple fruit found in lunch boxes. Well, not exactly. They are a prize for the Gods, keep the doctor away, and are often used to "bribe" the teacher on test day. Traditional symbols of the harvest, we use them to decorate our homes at holidays and through out the year. We find them in our legends, our religions and our favorite stories. Not only were apples used in various spells and seductions, they were a major player in the downfall of mankind. Quite a resume for a "simple fruit."

Oh... they taste good, too.

-Melissa Morton

Art: Venus with apple by Artist Tina Imel
At first glance one might see the apple tree and think “Eve” but before the damning story of Eve and her fall there was a tale of Venus and her fruit: the Apple. Women have suffered too long with the burden of being the cause of such trouble and I think it is time that we again dawn the robe that cloaks a goddess: one of intuitive powers, fruitfulness and limitless creativity. It is important that artists create glorifying imagery and Venus is the woman of all women: who better to make us feel beautiful then the Goddess of Love? I filled this painting with as much symbolic imagery as it could hold, all the phases of the moon are shown, the goddess wears a pentagram around her neck, at her feet is an apple tree and a rose bush. The pentagram is an often-misinterpreted symbol; its origins relate to a perfect 5 pointed star and femininity rather then devil worship. The rose, also a powerful symbol has its roots in “the sacred feminine”, Mother Nature and love. The moon has connection to women as it controls the tides and is said also to influence our cycles. When all phases are show in a work it is symbolic of the goddess and of womanhood. Venus herself is positioned in such a way that her torso creates an “8 shape” which from the side is an infinity symbol: I did this as a means of saying that love and beauty are everlasting. The composition is a broken circle and the color scheme is one of deeply pigment primary colors. I chose to give Venus white or silver hair rather then her normal flaxen color because silver is the color of wisdom. Her gown is gossamer and highly reflective. The ruby red apple is the link between her: the goddess and Eve the foul. If you look even deeper you might find more…


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