Waiting for Spring
The Waiting for Spring; Persephone and the Pomegranate short film features a character dressed in a jacket made from pomegranate peels, set in the near future where the food economy has collapsed due the devastating effects of forest fires on local crop lands. She lives alone in the ancestral fruit orchard warehouse where she has built a home for herself. Invasive plants have taken over; Blackberry vines and English Ivy are growing through her windows. In her isolation she becomes very childlike as she is experiencing a shift from being the dominant species to being a subservient of nature. She builds terrariums with figurines of herself recounting her happy childhood in the orchard but also to deal with her isolation and the fear of the encroachment of nature swallowing her up.
In the last scenes of the video we see Persephone done on a mask with respirators filled with herbs to protect her from the smoke outdoors. She steps outside to forage for food, walking on rotten fruit on the ground to finally find a ripe pomegranate from a branch. She picks the fruit and then turns towards the camera and offers it to the viewer.
The storyline abstractly refers to the goddess Persephone, who returns once a year to inaugurate the spring and who is detained in Hades because she ate pomegranate seeds. Our character eats the pomegranate not as a punishment as in the Greek myth but instead for it’s healing properties to help her survive and re-integrate into the world.