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Mourning After

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 Acrylic on canvas     76.2 X 55.9 cm / 30 X 22 inches

The creation myth of Adam and Eve, and how they were subsequently cast from the garden of Eden might not sound like promising material for an abstract painting.

But I was fascinated by its moral philosophy, offering a false paradise at the cost of accepting ruthless and uncompromising control. 

Adam and Eve were offered a peaceful and hedonistic existence in unearned luxury providing they were prepared to be satisfied to exist as breeding stock who didn't seek knowledge or self-determination. They had to comply with the whims of a ruthless and draconian authority.

Our sense of self and independence is fundamental to our concepts of freedom. The right to think and act freely and to seek knowledge to understand the universe is more than academic philosophy - it is something that people go to war over. 

Adam and Eve are represented by the playfully dancing figures of the white lines. The horizon line divides heaven above from hell beneath. The forbidden tree with its tempting fruit extends from the latter into the former.

The contorted figures littering the foreground reinforce the difficulties faced by those who choose the more difficult path. 

The title of the work reflects their sense of mourning and loss after breaking their terms of contract. 

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