Gardens are a reoccurring theme in my work. Gardens and different types of gardens; secret gardens, underground gardens, parallel world gardens, gardens that we might visit in our dreams or remember from our childhood, a perfect garden or an overgrown garden. This particular piece had its origin in the myth Proserpine in Roman or Persephone in Greek Mythology. The Godess is stolen away to the underworld where she eats pomegranate and it then transpires that she has to stay in the underworld for half the year and is allowed to return in spring hence the spring time myth. I like to imagine this subterranean garden we cannot see when she returns during our winter. Is there a mutated parallel version of “Spring” that happens elsewhere and in which case would the flowers be the same or a version of it?
Materials: Merino felt, Oxidised silver, cotton, natural dyes. Techniques: Oxidising, forming and fusing, yarn dying, crochet.Size: 3.5 x 3 (widest parts), Chain length 86cm Date: 2009 Image Credit: Alan Parkinson