Proserpine instinctively resists Hades, who has been driven to abduct her out of passionate love.
And yet, her adoring gaze contradicts the rigid defiance of her body recoiling from his grasp, as if this part of her is aware that by leaving Earth she will plunge the entire, ancient Greek world into eternal winter.
In ancient Greek mythology, Proserpine was the daughter of Zeus and his wife, Demeter, who was the goddess of fertility and the mother of all vegetation.
When Hades abducts Proserpine in a golden chariot, Demeter swears she will not return to Olympus nor will the earth bear fruit until Proserpine has been returned to her.
Zeus, distraught by humanity’s peril, sends Hermes to retrieve Proserpine. However, Hades has convinced Proserpine to eat a pomegranate, which immediately binds her forever to the underworld.
From then on, Proserpine is only allowed to return to Earth part-time, when her mother Demeter lets the earth produce once again in the Spring.
My initial inspiration was a fashion magazine photograph, titled: “Yes with the Eyes, No With the Body”.
Although Proserpine is being abducted and removed (“enlevement”) from above ground, the passionate love involved means there is, paradoxically, also honor and beauty.
This was the first couple I ever created and the models never met each other.
|Dimensions:||94 x 76 x 53 cm|
|Collection:||Early Works Collection|