Persephone

Persephone, Mantis Painting, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast
Persephone, Mantis Painting, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast

The painting “Persephone” is finished!
It is a stylized mantis that is half covered in growing natural shapes, mushrooms and corals.
The painting is a direct result of my watercolor series “What is life? What is death?”, where I mix insects with vegetation, pondering about the notion of death. When an insect dies it’s carcass becomes a hub for new life. Death itself is a strange notion, having no sense on an atomic level.

I picked the name “Persephone”, the queen of the underworld, who is also associated with spring and the fertility of vegetation.
A perfect name for the mantis who grows vegetation and questions the notion of death!

The painting still needs to dry properly and then get varnished.
It should be done in a few weeks.

I really hope you like it, as I intend to make more insect paintings!
Below a picture of the painting with myself for size reference!
xx
Stéphanie

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Persephone, Mantis Painting, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast
Persephone, Mantis Painting, 2018, Stephanie Kilgast

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