Spring — growth — new life after a cold spell
The pomegranate in hand is symbolic of the Classical myth of the abduction of Persephone by Hades. Persephone, having consumed a few pomegranate seeds, is bound to spend a few months of the year in the Underworld. When she reunites with her mother, Demeter — goddess of fertility and agriculture on Earth, Demeter begins to care for the Earth again, and initiates the first spring.
Acrylic on canvas. 2.5 x 2 feet
The Pomegranate — a continuation of the idea of cyclical fertility
In many cultures and faiths, the pomegranate is symbolic of fertility, abundance, and prosperity. The Buddhist demon-goddess Hariti, who ate the flesh of human children before her reformation by the Buddha, vowed to henceforth be a protector of children, and only consume the flesh of pomegranates. The many-seeded fruit is also symbolic of fertility, Hariti herself being the mother of hundreds of demonic children.
The pomegranate also appears in Hindu mythology, Christian art (famously in Botticelli’s Madonna Della Melagrana), and is mentioned in the Quran as one of the fruit trees in paradise.
Acrylic on canvas. 3 feet diameter.