Aphrodite was so powerful an entity that even gods were helpless against her charms. Greek women prayed to her asking that she bestow some of that charm on themselves that they might be powerful in their own social circles. Aphrodite, a civilizing influence (beauty, pleasure, passion, grace, fruitfulness), was thoughtfully not unconsciously or accidentally beautiful. A woman who uses Aphrodite as a role model aims to use the power of her own presence, self-esteem, beauty and grace (gifts of the goddess) to make her way in the world. The mirror is a major tool and she will often practice in front of or at least consult it as she crafts that presentation. Likewise, few men are successful without considering their looks and comportment.
In this tapestry, a young woman poses in front of a large mirror. Her stance, choice of outfit, makeup and hairstyle work together to evoke the charm of the goddess. With her camera, she captures it. The mirror the model posed before was full length but for the sake of composition has been compacted and rounded to frame her face and provide a focus for the action that takes place in her mind. It is filled with sunlight and foliage that suggest the sacred groves in which the goddess was originally worshipped. The transparency of the leaves and geometric patterns indicates that the environment of the mirror is imaginary. This scene, though particular to the subject, is also universal and its timelessness is alluded to by my use of ancient Bakuba embroidery motifs which have recently enjoyed a revival in contemporary home decor.
The subject is portrayed and was photographed by my eldest granddaughter, Tatianna.
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