More about Aphrodite, 2016
'The inspiration for the Aphrodite vessel is centred on celebration and creativity. The form is taken from a type of Greek pottery, known as a kantharos, typically a deep bowl on a pedestal foot with over-sized handles, flaring high up the lip of the pot. They were associated with Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility and often used for ritual drinking or offerings.
I was also attracted the lively, graphic illustration which reminded me of some of the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the way he often illustrated a scene from an unfolding drama. Aphrodite was chosen to create the structure of the vessel, as she is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and procreation. Some sources believe that the Three Graces were the offspring of Dionysus and Aphrodite.
I based my version of Aphrodite on a marble bust, known as the Bartlett Head now in the San Antonio Museum of Art. It was given a Lichtenstein makeover in Photoshop and then translated from a 2D image to 3D in Rhino 3D CAD software.'
- Michael Eden, 2016