Avi is a contortionist and tiny. She came to model with Rachael, her 6’ friend with blonde hair down to her knees. I’d been advertising for unusual models and these two were a real gift. I did a couple of set ups with Avi but this is my favourite. Why Goddess? This wasn’t what I had imagined. Really I was working with her flexibility and striking features. Once assembled though I was reminded of ancient religious art, particularly Indian temple sculptures – but she could come from almost any culture. She has this unearthly quality and a determined, confident look. She isn’t any particular goddess, just an ancient spirit whose name is long forgotten. I’ve presented her on a large canvas, giving her space to perform, glowing against the black space behind her.