“Venus of Adams Square”
Installation at Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station (Adams Hill, Glendale, California)
May 3rd - July 28th, 2017
Exploring a variety of media and techniques around testing the boundaries of what defines contemporary art, especially the blurring of the traditional lines dividing craft, commercial and fine art, characterizes my creative process. Fascinated by the challenge to capture the human form and psyche, I stylize the curves that define and distinguish the sexes. By focusing on the minimal, yet still recognizable form, I strive to express universal experiences as well as personal associations.
Reminiscent of the prehistoric Venus figurines (such as the Venus of Tepe Sarab and Venus of Willendorf), “Venus of Adams Square” is a curvaceous, fertility-goddess-like sculpture. The Venus is made of scraps of visually captivating colorful textiles and second-hand clothing which are sewn together and stuffed. Completing the installation are suspended abstract flowers of textile pieces that represent the abundance of yellow flowers and blossoms in the park.
— Jana Charl