Judy E Foster

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Judy E Foster

Judy E Foster is an artist and a retired teacher of art. After studying at Monash University, a chance encounter with the book Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas in 1993 inspired her to begin researching the origin and meanings of visual symbolism, and the roles of women in prehistory, a 12 year project. She has three daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author with Marlene Derlet (2013) of Invisible Women of Prehistory, three million years of peace, six thousand years of war, Spinifex Press, Melbourne, Australia.

Life and Education[edit]

Judy E Foster was born in Melbourne, 1934.

Early life on a sheep property, homestead on the banks of the Murray River.

First school – Distance Home Schooling with Blackfriars Correspondence School, Sydney, NSW.

Secondary school boarding at Genazzano Convent, Melbourne, left in 1951 end of Year 11.

Teachers College, Australian Catholic University – Primary Teaching Cert.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Art School – 4 years, Advertising Art.

Tertary Art Teacher - 5 years, at the Caulfield Campus of Monash University, Certificate of Art.

Married in 1965, had three daughters, Sarah – a Potter, Carolyn, Web designer/writer etc, and Edwina, Media Documentary producer. Six grandchildren of school age.

Went to Monash University in 1989 to study Visual Arts and Women’s Studies part time. Completed studies in 1993.

Research, Publication and Work[edit]

Goddess and Creation, a fabric wall hanging

Began research for “Invisible Women of Prehistory, three million years of peace, six thousand years of war’ early 2000s and produced a first draft in 2002, sent to Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex Press) in 2003.

Invisible Women of Prehistory: Three Million Years of Peace, Six Thousand Years of War[1] was finally published in 2013 after long and arduous editing.

Since then she has produced several papers on various aspects of the Goddess as She appears in different cultures/societies around the world. She found Her presence almost everywhere she researched, either implicitly or explicitly, portrayed in small female sculptures or other items used by women.

In 2016, Judy E Foster has contributed to the two volumes of the She Rises collective writing project, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? (Volume 1) and She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality? (Volume 2).