Related Objects
Current Location:
Lake Huron Hall -> 2nd Floor (LHH)
Location Notes:
LHH; 2nd Floor; Classic Department Suite 211; Left of Room 211D

Danu: Thousand Breasts Goddess

Artwork
Identifier:
2004.386.1
Artist:
Dmitry Kaminker
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Cast Bronze
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Description:
Female figure with outstretched arms and "a thousand breasts".
Historical Context:
As a young man in the Soviet Army, Dimitry Kaminker worked as an assistant to artists creating public sculptures for the Russian government. Wanting to express his own artistic style, Kaminker created artwork in the sub-basement of the government studio. He gathered recycled and discarded materials to create sculptures that the authorities would never have permitted him to exhibit. Playing with the sometimes-contradictory combination of myth and reality, Kaminker’s artwork can have a humorous side, but is meant for thoughtful reflection on history and modernity. Danu: Thousand Breasts Goddess represents a goddess that can be found across many cultures including Hindu, and Celtic religions. She is often referred to as the earth-mother goddess or female principle in both cultures.