The case for Eve

I drew this portrait just over a year ago, I wanted to do something really quick, as fast as could. It worked out about four minutes, then I left it as it was, without the usual tweaking that never really comes to an end. The intention was to try and sell it, I’ve got this print on demand account, which never gets any traffic, so that notion turned out to be a bit naive. Anyway, there’s space for a blurb on the page and you’re expected to provide some description. I suppose, people need context, for a picture to mean anything, most people want to read a narrative into an image, even if it’s just a portrait. So I came up with a title, the suitably ambiguous: The case for Eve but I decided to make a comment on narrative rather than provide one. The biblical Garden of Eden and the fall from grace was the specific narrative of concern because its one with a strong cultural significance. That’s a bit of an understatement really isn’t it, it’s probably the most significant story in the history of narrative. The story of Adam and Eve comes with a lot of baggage, preconceptions that we’re supposed to impose upon it but if you examine the narrative, those preconceptions are predicated on a negative interpretation of the outcome. So I posed a question, in a round about way, what if the fall from grace was good thing? Think about it for a second, if we’re supposed to take the story literally, Adam and Eve spend eternity alone, their existence determined purely through the conceit of their creator. This doesn’t happen of course but who is it who shatters this predestination and instils in Adam the control over his own destiny. It’s Eve of course and she does it by breaking the law, the first law. So what Genesis is saying, is that the universe was created by a supernatural deity, omniscient and all powerful but man’s own volition and his place in that universe was instilled by Eve.

I didn’t actually explain it like that, I just implied it and no one’s ever really seen the picture, well no one except for one comment that a person left, yeah they allow comments there. I’m not going quote the comment directly, the form of it is not really relevant anyway, its relevance is by virtue of the fact that it was a better expression of the idea than the one I provided. That was something: a real buzz when I read it, because it demonstrates the nature of the creative process. One person expresses an idea, makes something, another reinterprets, refines it and so the world grows, evolving, ever changing through innumerable iteration. Now admit it, isn’t that better than two people alone for eternity tending sheep?

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~ by deadspidereye on May 26, 2015.

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