earth paints on terracotta
by Eric Whollem
photo copyright by the artist
Minoan and Cycladic Elements
in the Work of Eric Whollem
It is well known that Picasso established the first major artistic interest in the
sculpture of the Cyclades, the Greek islands of the Mediterranean. His cubist
work of the harp player is familiar to many. It was based on a Cycladic sculpture.
Cyclades is pronounced "kick-la-dees" with the accent on the first syllable.
Crete, of course, is the famous isle that was home of the Minoan culture.
The roots of modern sculpture lie in Cycladic simplicity.
I have taken the flounced skirts and bare midriffs of archaic Minoa and
created works that bear affinity to the ancients.
My work, "Minoan Goddess," notably has round, fish-like eyes, a stylistic
element that rose from my subconscious. Later in my studies I ascertained
the close resemblance to the round eyes of the oceanic divinities of
Mesopotamia, as well as to the fish gods of Lepenski Vir, the most ancient
city site on the European mainland.
Readers interested in my Ceramic Sculptures should view this link:
Posts dealing with the Goddess concept can be found here:
Check out Wikipedia for their article on the Goddess:
My posts on Mermaids may be accessed here:
Those interested in Anthropology may want to see: