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Maker(s):Pederson-Krag, Gillian
Culture:American (1938- )
Title:Statue of Persephone
Date Made:2002
Materials:etching and aquatint
Measurements:Sheet: 19 3/8 in x 17 in; 49.2 cm x 43.2 cm; Plate: 13 13/16 in x 12 15/16 in; 35.1 cm x 32.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2011.18
Credit Line:Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Here, a classical statue of Persephone appears transplanted to a rough New England wilderness--a juxtaposition Pederson-Krag often portrays. Though historically improbable, the scene is effective: the scraggly branches seem to reach from the dark wood to embrace the statue, as if giving the ancient Greek goddess the raw strength channeled in her piercing gaze. She holds what may be a pomegranate, recalling her role as a harbinger of fertility--a role that may account for the wild fecundity of her surroundings. Just as Persephone absorbs the untamed character of her surroundings, so the antique statue lends the wood an ancient quality. This sense of symbiosis--between humanity and nature, and between nature and art--echoes throughout Pederson-Krag's work.

Written by Emma Hickman, Class of 2015

landscapes; mythology; women

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