Emma Christina Lucia Rochester Ph.D.

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Created during Emma Rochester’s Artist In Residence for the University of Tasmania’s, Academy of the Arts, ‘Amulets for a Golden Muse, is an in-depth study into the types of adornment women wore in the Upper Palaeolithic time period (approximately 25,000 BC).

The most popularly known female nude sculpture dating from this era is the Venus of Willendorf. Commonly known as ‘La poire’ or the Pear. A symbolic image for fertility. Venus of Willendorf is made from Oolitic limestone. Venus is considered to be the 'first Aphrodite' or fertility goddess that is currently known to Anthropologists. In mythology, Aphrodite/Venus was attended, by one of 9 golden muses.

The fabric used in these soft sculptures consists of drawn maps made whilst walking in the heritage-listed apple and pear orchard at the back of the Residence cottage. Fragments and photocopies of the artist's drawn maps have been inserted into the custom designed textiles - In the same manner that palaeolithic women collected fragments of bones and teeth.