Based on the classical pose of the Birth of Venus , a reflection on the greek goddess of love & sensual beauty . This piece is about the magic of music & the effect upon our energy body. The shape transcribed in gold leaf is the geometry made by the octave of musical notes , which in platonic philosophy resonates with the heavens . Aphrodite is blown ashore by the Zephyr of the west wind , who makes music with the breath. Inspired synchronistically by listening to the opera hHumanXx by Toni Castells , on the subject of loneliness & longing in the age of hyper digital connection . I realised after starting this piece Botticelli painted the birth of Venus during the plague , so it seemed appropriate to be painting her through lockdown.