When the Greek mortal Psyche disobeys the injunction not to look upon the face of her husband, Eros, the god of love, she loses Eros, seemingly forever.  Psyche appeals to the Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and mother of Eros, who gives her a series of nearly impossible tasks.  Psyche's final task is to go into the underworld and obtains a box of beauty from Persephone, the goddess of the underworld, and to bring it to Aphrodite.  this image portrays Psyche just after she opens the box of beauty and falls into a deep sleep.  It is the moment just prior to her awakening as a goddess and her reuniting with Eros.  This moment reminds us that sometimes just prior to an awaking we must go through a period of profound rest---- during which it may seem that nothing is happening.

together in light and darkness


description & paintings  by Susan Seddon Boulet