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Religious images often deal with the transitions of life - rites of passage. Their use connects  the generations. After the death of my parents I made a series of small Christian paintings.


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Father, Father, why hast
thou forsaken me?

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The mocking of Christ
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Christ in the tomb

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Christ in the tomb

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Flagellation, after Vellazquez

 

mythological

With the help of performance artist Elaine Kordys, I made images of a female crucifixion. I also visited Sicily to find the place where Persephone decended to the underworld. A second group of paintings deals with the Persephone myth, a story of loss, passion and rebirth. Persephone's mother was Demeter, goddes of harvest. The red figure is Hades, but Persephone was not terrified of his embrace.

A three thousand year old  Homeric Hymn to Demeter has survived. It is connected to cult mysteries at Eleusis at the center of ancient Greek popular religion. The mysteries were already old in classical Athens and The Sacred Way from Athens to Eleusis was the principal road in all Greece. The secret rites of Eleusis have remained a secret, but we know they involved Demeter and Persephone. I read the beautiful Hymn while painting the pictures.

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