The member is porcelain pen on jesmonite and the womb is underglaze and porcelain pen on ceramic
Venus-Aphrodite was born from the sperm of the castrated genitals of her father Uranus. They had been severed by his son and fell foaming into the sea. This two part sculpture plays on Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’: a rounded womb pot inspired by pre-columbian fertility vessels, and an erect female Venus-penis rising from within its shell covered opening.
Rafaela de Ascanio is a painter, performance artist and ceramicist. She studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s and an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has performed at Tate Modern and Peckham Festival and exhibited her first solo show ‘Duende’ in Hackney in 2018. Her paintings and ceramics playfully reimagine art historical tropes such as renaissance tarot cards and saintly relics as deifications of female warriors, witches and performers. Appropriating the reverence of altarpieces and Christian stories, she creates polyptychs using contemporary subjects, exploring how these ancient narratives run troublingly against her interest in queer and feminist culture.