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Happy International Women’s Day !

Persephone’s Garden. Saskia Ozols. Oil on Linen, 2014. Private Collection.

This painting represents both stasis and action through the combination of two contrasting gestures. I painted it in early spring while living in Moscow awaiting the light of spring and its accompanying blossoms. The darkness of winter eventually gave way to a certain light which allowed an ease of movement and illumination not accessible earlier. Persepephone’s pomegranate occupies a vital role with color, contrast, and symbolism, inspiring the composition and its motion through the gesture of change.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day the experience of making this painting envelopes me. I am grateful for the movements and changes that have happened since I made this piece, and hope with every ounce of energy that today in 2022, the women moving through borders with their children seeking change will find it.