Contemplation, 2018 🔴 Sold
Print on artglass (2mm) and paper Archival pigmentprint on 2 mm dibond with taxidermy walking leaf insects (Plyllium bioculatum pulchrifolium) 79,5 x 112 cm
Framed in white handmade Walnut frame 40×80 mm
Arnix create his Fall of Adam and Eve; The surface of the glass reflect the viewer and give you the opportunity to self-reflection. Arnix likes to give his version of this classic theme that is also presented in old master paintings.
Until “The Fall” all animals where still in peace with each other and there was no death and destruction. animals are also significant as symbols. They refer to the various human temperaments.
The serpent, the most cunning animal in Paradise, persuaded Eve to bite the fruit.
The ape next to Adam refers to the ‘sanguine’ (hot-blooded, lustful) temperament, which it was thought to be particularly typical of men.
The cat, lovingly cradled by the ape, symbolises the choleric (cruel, nasty) temperament, to which women have tended ever since the Eve.
The stork stands for piety, purity and resurrection and also show Arnix’s forthcoming grandparenthood.
The fluttering cabbage white butterfly next to Adam suggests his frivolity.
The great blue heron symbolises the curiosity that made Eva fatal; he can stick his long beak all over.
The walking leaf Insects deprive the genitals of the biblical first people to the face. As a master who hide his true nature.
The deer living in Arnix backyard traditionally has been associated with the cycle of nature, with downfall and resurrection, because in the spring it abrades its old antlers until it hangs in bloody fragments, so that a new one gets the chance to grow. The Deer also symbolizes the heavenly desire
…And Eve is looking on her “”…😜
The illustrations are inspired by stick-on shapes from Arnix’s childhood and the printed matters of Hendrik N. Werkman (1882-1945).
Private collection in The Netherlands