Figures 31(a)-31(c). Mother Bones. Lyona (Bellsus) culture; c. 55,000 - 40,000 BCE. (Lower Gravis region, eastern Ourine).

Plaster, pigment

2020

Dimensions vary; heights range from 8.75" to 16.25"

During the Westward Expansion there was a phenomenon known as The Great Incognito, in which migrating settlers discovered the bones of long extinct behemoths, such as mastodons, and, having no way of knowing how old the bones were, believed that the enormous beasts were still roaming the land, only yet to be encountered. I learned about this at a time when I was deeply fascinated with the Venus figurines of the Paleolithic era, and excited by the evidence suggesting that societies of that time were matriarchal. The Mother Bone series was born out of an imagining of our early female ancestors, and a reimagining of that earlier world -- a world in which great female beings, not yet extinct, roamed the land, leaving behind their monumental bones to be discovered by lesser future humans. This series engages with the individual and collective longing for the maternal and the matriarchal.