– Goddess of Spring & queen of the underworld
In greek mythology, Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his wife. Demeter, her mother, was so distraught that she neglected her duties to nurture the earth’s crops and the world became barren and cold. Only when her daughter is returned to her does nature begin to bear fruit again, thus explaining the four seasons and growth of crops in spring.
Here we are witness to Persephone emerging from her captivity. A victim and survivor, Persephone still bares the signs of her kidnapping and rape by Hades. Disheveled in her dress yet still poised and proud, she rests on the floor of a birch forest to reflect on her experience and recover her strength.
The light from above, presence of healing birch trees, and the potted seedling she holds symbolize hope and new beginnings as she emerges from the darkness of the underworld. She looks upwards towards the sun and sees redemption and recovery in her future.