Clunie Untitled #2

Untitled #2 by Simone Clunie

Terra Cotta Clay 7”x 3” 2000


I am an artist and independent scholar with research interests in feminism, the visual arts, goddess scholarship and popular culture. My undergraduate degree is in Ceramics, and in addition to a MS in Information, I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History/Art Theory and one in Museums Studies.



The primary theme of the ceramic objects I produce focuses on the female body as a metaphoric container for life, death and magic (which together encompass everything). Influenced by the books, The Language of the Goddess and the Civilization of the Goddess: The World of Old Europe by anthropologist Marija Gimbutas, I create vessels that can be used as ritual objects or as mementos of a time gone by. The forms are predominantly inspired by Paleolithic female figures like the Venus of Lespugue and the conceptual ideology of Kongo minkisi. Recently, the influences of Polynesian god-sticks and Ife divination tappers have seeped into the figures, both for their aesthetic and conceptual qualities. In addition, the works of Magdalene Odundo, Adrian Piper and Ana Mendieta heavily inform my thinking process and with this in mind I continue to produce sculptural ceramic vessels from traditions that speak to me viscerally.

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