Venus Stone

2007
China black granite
320 x 240 x 120 cm
Edition of 1

At the source of this work lies the artist’s memory of two boulders resting against each other in Harris, Northern Scotland. Visitors to Harris would often climb or be pulled through the stones in a ritualistic activity reminiscent of birth. Venus Stone addresses the idea of fertility and its archaic links that were set forward by the act Dilworth witnessed in Harris. The title of this work forms associations with the ‘Venus of Willendorf’, an ancient statuette believed to be representative of female fertility and sensuality and also to Venus, the Roman goddess associated with love, beauty and fertility. The form of Venus Stone reinforces these feminine associations whilst maintaining a harmonious balance between interior and exterior, unifying it with its surroundings. Its material and organic shape lend a primordial nature to this work referring to the original boulders that inspired Dilworth.

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About The Artist

Steve Dilworth cites the rugged, beautiful and extreme landscape of eastern Harris as one of the main inspirations for his work. It is the energy and presence of these landscapes which Dilworth finds most stimulating and inspirational. He will often incorporate objects found on the Isle of Harris, that were once living, into his sculptures and in this sense his work resonates with an historical energy. The solid remains of animals and birds are often enclosed in his sculptures, like the heart in a living body or the engine in a static vehicle, they empower the sculpture in both conceptual and symbolic ways. Dilworth's work's are both open and closed and exposes the internal and external facades of the work simultaneously. Many of Dilworth's sculptures are also containers, holding other elements which are sometimes visible and sometimes not. There is a ritualistic and shamanistic element to his work, observable in its construction, which he understands as a cathartic, working through of a problem; "I want to retrieve that moment of understanding, not by describing, but by making. Of course I'll fail, but in the chemistry of making another moment will appear. These objects are drawn from an internal landscape, of shifting sands. Connections are constantly being discovered". This spiritual element is smashed together with more clinical, modernist aesthetic, culminating in original works that resonate with different historical tropes and worldly influences.

‘Venus Stone’ is currently on display

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Steve Dilworth

Born: 1949

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