About the artist:
Jocelyn Chaplin is an English artist, psychotherapist, writer and
teacher. She grew up in Southern Sudan and Ghana and studied in Durham
and at Makerere University in Uganda. She has worked with the stories
and images of Inanna/Ishtar for many years to explore gender relations
and psychological alternation between the conscious and the unconscious.
She has also published books that use goddess images such as Inanna to
help in relationships today. Jocelyn lives and works in London.
About this work:
Painted during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, this is almost a prayer to
the goddess Inanna to return to her land. The ziggurat symbolising
hierarchical thought and organisation is partially blotted out by a wave
of Inanna’s symbols and an earthy goddess shape connecting to earlier