Genesis Entirely Woman Whispered (Demeter and Persephone)
46" x 46"
Myth: Demeter was the Goddess of the Harvest who made everything in Greece grow. Persephone was her beloved daughter. Hades the God of the Underworld fell in love with Persephone and kidnapped her to the Underworld. Demeter was heartbroken and looked everywhere for her and let everything in Greece die. Zeus appealed to Demeter to stop and she refused unless she got her daughter back. Zeus decreed that 1/2 of the year she was to spend with Hades and the rest with Demeter. Thus, Persephone is with Hades in Fall and Winter and with Demeter in Spring and Summer, Thus, the reason for the seasons of the year.
I work in encaustic mixed media. I paint with beeswax, resin and pigment and then fuse with heat. I explore the nature of myth which is universal and mirrors our own mythologies in the present tense. Wax enables them to persist, revealing layers of time as their own brand of relic.