About "Eve Before God", mixed media on canvas, 24" x 36"
This piece came about after I'd listened to a lecture on Milton's Paradise Lost. The lecturer described Milton's portrayal of Eve as a vain, narcissistic and shallow character, reflecting stereotypes about "bad" women. I wondered how, in our time, a description based on old-fashioned, patriarchal views of both the story of Adam and Eve and of women, could be retold without qualification. It got me thinking about the way historical narratives are determined by the teller and his/her own personal biases and how, once told, they become "truth", These "truths" are accepted because others are silenced, ignored or repressed. So, i imagined the character of Eve as she might have been before encountering Adam, God and the snake...uncorrupted by the labels and perceptions historical writings have attributed to her.
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