Greek Mythology Series

A series based on Greek mythology.

 

Winter Ceres

Ink, gouache, and gold ink on Pergamenata. 5"x7". 2018.

“O Mother of Grain--and mother, too, of that virgin sought throughout the world--here end your incessant labors, lest your great anger should injure the earth you once trusted, and which, unwillingly pillaged, has done nothing ignoble...”

From The Metamorphoses, trans. Charles Martin

In The Rape of Proserpina, the daughter of Ceres, goddess of harvest, is abducted by the god of the underworld. Ceres destroys the crops in her anger until the living stream Arethusa begs her to stop.

Orchid Ceres

Ink, gouache, and gold ink on Pergamenata. 5"x7". 2018.

“...almost all extant orchids in the world are the offspring of orchids that survived through the period of dinosaur extinction...”

From “How did the orchid originate and evolve?”, Naturesearch

After Winter Ceres showing the Earth’s power to destroy, I wanted to do a piece on its power to regenerate, mutate, and change. Orchids are one of the world’s most beautiful plants, with a huge variety of shapes and colors that have allowed them to adapt over millions of years. 

Hades

Ink, gouache, and gold ink on Pergamenata. 5"x7". 2018.

The same design as our devilish friend from The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf.. As the god of the underworld, Hades/Dis was also the god of precious stones.