Claire Rosen’s ‘Persephone’s Feast’ – “series of still life imagery, follows in the footsteps of the masters of the Baroque period, in the concept of ‘memento mori’, harnessing the symbolism of objects to illustrate the fleeting quality of time and the transience of life. These compositions focus on light, color, texture, and atmosphere, and are a stark contrast to the saturated, high-volume of our fast-paced modern life. Viewers are invited to meditate on the dignity, beauty, and purpose in each object, all of which evoke one essential point. This too shall pass… These still life images aim not to grab your attention, but hold your attention. In the age of distraction, they allow us to focus on what is essential. They are a reminder that we are ships passing in the night, and must mindfully choose how we devote our brief and precious time on earth.
In Greek mythology, Persephone, (Greek: Περσεφόνη) is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, a goddess of vegetation and the underworld.
Following to the myth her mother Demeter hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian gods trying to protect her not getting married to any of them. Her father, though, permitted Hades, the god of the underworld, who was in love with the beautiful Persephone, to abduct her as her mother Demeter was not likely to allow her daughter to go down to Hades. Persephone was gathering flowers with the Oceanids along with Artemis and Athena in a field when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth. Demeter searched for her all over the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow. Helios, the sun, who sees everything from above, eventually told Demeter what had happened.
Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. Hades indeed complied with the request, but first he tricked her, giving her some pomegranate seeds to eat. Persephone was released by Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, but because she had tasted food in the underworld, she was obliged to spend a third of each year (the winter months) there, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above.