Venus is the goddess of beauty and Dalí pays homage to the female figure and his attraction to female beauty in this sculpture, by adding his own surreal elements. The underlying form in this sculpture is of a classic female torso, to which four Dalinian symbols are added: a soft watch, ants, an egg and a separation of the body into two parts. The watch is draped over the neck to give us two opposing messages, that beauty of the flesh is temporary and will vanish, while beauty of art is timeless and eternal.
Ants crawl across the abdomen; they are symbols of decay and decomposition. Dalì watched ants as a child with both fascination and repulsion, he used them often in his oeuvre, and they serve as a reminder of human mortality. The sculpture is divided into two, revealing an egg. The egg is a favorite Dalinian theme given the duality of its hard exterior and soft interior and is a positive symbol. It represents life, renewal, continuation and the future.
On the clock face the numbers five and eleven are missing, did Dalí wish to indicate the date he was born?
Date: conceived in 1977, first cast in 1984
Technique: lost wax process
Edition size : 350 + 35 EA
Height : 65 cm
Edition : patina blue
Maquette: original gouache, Space Venus, 1977
Direct intervention (created by Dalí): the idea, image, and original maquette
Indirect intervention (created by artisans): lost wax process and patina