Máire Gartland

Most of these works are part of a series inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone. The series includes painting, print, text and assemblage.

The characters in the story are invited to deliver their testimony about the abduction of Persephone. The characters include the Styx and a volcano, possibly Etna, bringing death, destruction and even resurrection into the arena.

The works also remind us of the cycle of the seasons. Winter becomes Spring. Darkness is followed by the return of the light.

Demeter and her daughter Persephone were guardians of the earth and so responsible for feeding the people from its bounty. The seasons were their domain too.

I have been making art about this story for many years now. It is about loss, hope, light, darkness death and resurrection. And waiting.

The books are ongoing projects addressing these themes often figuratively.

I am currently working on a mixed media installation project that includes many of these pieces as well as glass, text and assemblage.