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Mary Pratt and the Pomegranate

March 12th, 2007

Okay, I promised in an earlier post more from Canadian artist Mary Pratt. Her luminous still life Two Pomegranates in a Glass Bowl (1984) captures the bulbous beauty of this exotic fruit. This is what she shares with us about pomegranates:

Mary Pratt, Two Pomegranates in a Glass Bowl, 1984. © 2007 Mary Pratt.

Mary Pratt writes:

“I have never cooked with pomegranates, but the juice makes a very good “ice”. The juice can now be bought in bottles, and I’d do this, as soaking the seeds in water and then squeezing the liquid through cheesecloth is an unnecessary nuisance. Freezing the juice with a “simple syrup” of sugar and water, and mushing it constantly with a fork or handheld blender is not difficult. But somehow, I’d rather have a chef in a good restaurant do all that. I just like the leathery look of pomegranate – and the startling appearance of those tumble of seeds when the fruit is split. “The Song of Solomon”, myth and legend – pomegranates have inspired men and women as long as we have records of the written work, paintings and sculptures.

Exodus 37, King James Bible

‘and they made upon the hems/of the robe pomegranates of blue,/ and purple and scarlet, and twined linen/ and they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the/robe, round about between the /pomegranates:/ a bell and a pomegranate, a bell/ and a pomegranate, round about the/hem of the robe/ to minister in; as the/ Lord commanded Moses.’

The Songs of Solomon

Ch. 4 – 3 ‘Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet,/ and they speech is comely: thy/ temples are like a piece of a/ pomegranate within they locks.’ "

Ms. Pratt – thank you so much! Do any of you have pomegranate thoughts to share?

  • bob

    hello Mary pratt YOU ROCK

  • bob

    hello Mary pratt YOU ROCK

  • hey

    pomegranates are my life !! Ode to the pomegranates. LUvIt

  • hey

    pomegranates are my life !! Ode to the pomegranates. LUvIt

  • sharon Tedesco

    I recently had a dream of a vineyard that, instead of grapes, it was pomegranates hanging on the vines, and I saw into the seeds, like a close up view, and the seeds were half white, and half red. I think we are going to be drinking pomegranate wine!, and it will be served by the King Himself. Like Where they saved the best wine for last? I love pomegranates, and the whole process of their ripening. In my dream, there was dust on the leaves and fruit, it was like an ancient vineyard.
    thank you for listening,
    sharon

  • sharon Tedesco

    I recently had a dream of a vineyard that, instead of grapes, it was pomegranates hanging on the vines, and I saw into the seeds, like a close up view, and the seeds were half white, and half red. I think we are going to be drinking pomegranate wine!, and it will be served by the King Himself. Like Where they saved the best wine for last? I love pomegranates, and the whole process of their ripening. In my dream, there was dust on the leaves and fruit, it was like an ancient vineyard.
    thank you for listening,
    sharon

  • http://biblical-bible-books.blogspot.com/ Andria Bolton

    “The Song of Solomon”, myth and legend – pomegranates have inspired men and women as long as we have records of the written work, paintings and sculptures.
    bible books
    :)

  • http://biblical-bible-books.blogspot.com/ Andria Bolton

    “The Song of Solomon”, myth and legend – pomegranates have inspired men and women as long as we have records of the written work, paintings and sculptures.
    bible books
    :)