The vulva as an archetypal symbol has been central to many of my creative explorations over the years. It is one of the most ancient of found symbols, representing the goddess as creative source of life, dating from ca. 30,000 BCE. To see the vulva in this way is a far cry from today’s hyper-sexualized view. Our capacity to see this symbol is now overlayed with attitudes of pornography, moral judgements.
This work has evolved seeking to express something of the original mystery of generative power, that is not just limited to the physical realm of fertility and childbirth, but reaches deep into the soul, psyche and collective memory for the origins of creativity and lifegiving source in all its forms. If we attune to the resonance of this symbol deep within ourselves, how might this way of seeing, how might standing on this inner ground, shape our experience of ourselves, and our views and commitment to humanity and the environment, to our Mother Earth?
-Sandra Curtis, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality?