The Fall of Adam and Eve, 2018

Print on artglass (2mm) and paper Archival pigmentprint on Canson Infinity Edition Etching 
RAG 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 Garden of Eden; 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.

…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).

“God created the first man Adam and then created the first woman, Eve. God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to care and nuture the land. He told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any fruit from the trees except for the tree of good and evil. God warned them that if they ate from the tree they would die.One day Satan came disguised as a serpent and spoke to Eve, convincing her to eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil. Eve told the serpent that God said they should not eat it and they would die if they did, but Satan tempted Eve to eat saying that she would become like God if she did. Eve believed the lie and took a bite of the fruit. She then gave some to Adam for him to eat. Adam and Eve, now knowing that they had sinned, immediately felt ashamed and tried to hide from God”.