Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cydra Vaux

Jana (goddess of the past and future)

Jana (goddess of the past and future)

Cydra Vaux. Jana (goddess of the past and future), 2007.

Upon returning from India in 2005 I felt out of sorts for many months. I missed India like my home. On a profound level I was leaving one stage of my life and getting ready to enter another. I was questioning a lot of my life and often felt like the ground underneath me had shifted profoundly and I was trying to make sense of things. Also, I was not able to make art for a while after returning from India. It was very unsettling and painful for me. Gratefully, I did return to my studio, and Jana was the piece that broke my visual silence. As with many of my previous pieces I did not have a plan for the piece. I just started pushing clay around on the stand. A friend visiting my studio commented that the piece looked like the goddess, Jana. Jana looks behind her to the passing year, and forward to the upcoming year, just as I had been doing since my return from India.


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