History Lessons: Aphrodite and Eros – The Endurance of Mother Love. 2008
Cotton and 2% gold thread on linen
My stitched drawings derive from travel, art history, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures of women as well as from universal issues, suggested by these sculptures, that remain current today. A central focus is a concern for how time has altered these scarred, fragmented and partially restored figures and the ways we view, interpret, and learn from the mysteries of antiquity. Utilizing these remarkable figures as symbols, I try to create a bridge between two worlds, ancient and modern.
In History Lessons: Aphrodite and Eros – The Endurance of Mother Love I have referred to the myth of Aphrodite and her love of Eros, her son. When Eros falls in love and wishes to marry Psyche, however, Aphrodite does not approve and gives Psyche impossible tasks to carry out before consenting to their relationship. Psyche manages the impossible and successfully does this, after which true love wins out and even Aphrodite accepts the lovers. For me, the broken figures represent the ups and down of a mother/son relationship and the endurance, through it all, of a mother’s love for her offspring.
– Marilyn Pappas (Somerville, MA)