artratcafe CAFE – Eggs…Redux

Because it is spring here in Vancouver, and almost Easter, eggs are on my mind and featured on the Cafe’s menu this week.

Our fancies turn lightly to spring and sensual longing and fertility and well, yes, sex.

The name Easter comes from Eostre or Ostara, the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Ostara represented spring fecundity and the love and carnal pleasure that leads along that flower strewn path and in pagan times an annual spring festival was held in her honour. Ostara was a playful goddess whose reign over the earth began when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, heralding the end of winter. Ostara appeared as a beautiful young woman carrying a basket of brightly coloured eggs. Her magical companion was a rabbit who accompanied her as she brought new life to dying plants and flowers by hiding her eggs in the fields.

The egg is a symbol of new life. It stands for the renewing power of nature and by extension the attraction between female and male that results in new growth and fertility. This segue shell lead us to the following eggstremely sensual extract from the book: 1933 Was A Bad Year by John Fante:

“Dorothy was at the sideboard, breaking eggs and spilling them into a bowl. Just watching the oval things crack in her white fingers and spill forth with a golden plop created a series of small explosions inside me. My calves shuddered as she scrambled them with a fork and they turned yellow like her hair. She poured a bit of cream into the mixture and the silken smoothness of the descending cream had me reeling. I wanted to say, ‘Dorothy Parrish, I love you’, to take her in my arms, to lift the bowl of scrambled eggs above our heads and pour it over our bodies, to roll on the red tiles with her, smeared with the conquest of eggs, squirming and slithering in the yellow of love”.

Image Credits from top in order:

Easter Eggs inspired by Lichtenstein – artclubblog21.

Ostara by Johannes Gehrts. 1884.

Victorian Woman with Eggs and Smiley Toast from Google Images. Origins unknown.

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18 thoughts on “artratcafe CAFE – Eggs…Redux

  1. Fantastic and i wish you the best of Ostara festivals this year John as I dig out my copy of the movie Harvey 🙂

      1. It’s the messages that I leave in books that start to bug Gary the most John….
        — H 😉

  2. Lovely posting, John. Never knew that about the Easter rabbit’s origine 🙂 I hope Winter will be gone here by the time it is Easter this year. So far lots of snow 😦

  3. This post…radiates spring, John! Yes, Easter is a wonderful possibility for minds to run eggstremely creative and wild ways when it gets to…spring and eggs. Nature awakes everything and…everyone.

  4. I am reminded of eggs that sit out in the studio in a basket…eggs that former students painted ‘in the style of’ and for the artist,_______. Thank you for making us happy! You do that well!

    1. Thank you Kathleen – I also still have student work that inspires me and enhances my space – gifts and memories of relationships formed with our young artists.

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