Botticelli’s Venus’s are either about beauty or about the importance of women in the cycle of life. in the Primavera she is Venus Madonna blessing the union between men and women. I photographed a “Guess” add on Lucca station and have been atttracted to it ever since. Partly, because the angle of the head and the gesture of her hand is pure Botticelli Venus. So I have an image that is ambiguious. On the one hand it is spiritual and religious on another it is about ideal beauty. On this occasion I created a montage with an actual Madonna found in a sacred niche.
This is a montage using varnished inkjet transfers and watercolour with Fine-liner drawing, there are also collage elements, trainitalia tickets and monoprinted textures. The ground is Langton rough water colour paper 130lb and the work is finished in Cotman watercolours.