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Corn Mother - Song of the Harvest

“The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched." - Henry David Thoreau
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Sometimes it takes a while for an idea swimming about my brain to incubate enough to bring forth something of note...For more than a year I thought about this image. I knew who I wanted it to be long before the concept became a tangible reality - Madeline Mooney, whom I've worked with often enough to know that she could emote what I wished.

In Demeter, there's a solitary strength born of immense loss. Persephone, the daughter who lied, the one who betrayed her mother for something as harsh and as cold as love. There's no doubting that the love between Persephone and Hades was real, but Persephone knew that she had to cover it up to keep Demeter from thinking less of her...thinking wrongly that the bond between mother and daughter would be shattered if the truth were revealed.

My goal was to demonstrate the connection between the mother, the earth, and the sun...and the focus ended up being directed entirely to the corn. I don't mind though, the light is warm and now in the first days of November I find myself wanting to step inside these portraits.

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It was early September, the heat of New England was sticky and dry, but we weren't deterred. We chose the Connor's Farm corn maze in Danvers – on a Sunday – and found the entire farm crawling with children and irritated parents. They were blaring country music, it was incredibly unpleasant. I guess, at the very least, they had goats.

A talented friend of mine, Deanna Jacome of Shady Tree Maker made the gorgeous flower crown Madeline wore – complete with tiny artificial corn and fall berries. The dress, a vintage harvest piece, came from Modern Millie Consignment in Downtown Salem.

We moved through the corn maze with ease, soaking up the sun and earthy smells, getting lost intentionally...before, eventually, heading back out to play with the goats.

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