This exhibition partly grew out of a visit to Cyprus to explore the cult of Aphrodite. I learned that unlike the compliant Botticcelli image ingrained into our culture today I learned she was also powerful vengeful and capricious.
I have also been influenced by the wonderful female renaissance artist Sister Plautilla Nelli, who used tears to represent emotion in her paintings. For me too the most powerful quality of a work of art is that it should be moving . These works seem to chime with the current resurgence of female empowerment happening today .