Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cristina Biaggi

The Goddess Mound

The Goddess Mound

Cristina Biaggi. The Goddess Mound, 1988.

Description:
The proposed structure is inspired by Maltese and Scottish temples and tombs from the Neolithic period, which the artist studied for her doctoral dissertation, Megalithic Sculptures that Symbolize the Great Goddess. The form, location, internal spatial arrangements, associated finds, inscriptions, and sheer number of Maltese and Scottish structures suggests strong religious beliefs centered on a deity of death and fertility. Megalithic monuments from the Neolithic period abound throughout Western Europe. Many are tombs covered with a mound or cairn and some have decorated interior spaces. These structures were used as tombs over generations. Rituals were enacted outside in front of the structures. “I believe the creation of such a structure is very important now in this era of growing attention to woman's place in history. Scholars in all fields are doing research from a feminist perspective and making valuable discoveries about the heretofore-overlooked contributions of women throughout history. They are looking at old data from various disciplines and arriving at enlightened new conclusions, expanding our consciousness about what is valuable and precious in human endeavor.”

Medium:
Public/Site-specific

Tags:
Megalithic Structures, Goddess, Women's History, Environment

Images
Crucifixion IThe Goddess MoundThe 3-Dimensional Web installationWomenRaging MedusaBreaking the Glass CeilingThe Web (side II)

Location
Palisades, NY
USA

Contact
info@CristinaBiaggi.com

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