Pencil on 180 gsm cartridge paper
Size 29.7 x 42cm
Adam is a central figure in the biblical narrative of the Garden of Eden, and his symbolism carries great weight in both religious and cultural contexts. As an artist, I am drawn to the power and complexity of Adam's story and the rich symbolism surrounding his character.
In my artwork, I aim to explore the different layers of symbolism associated with Adam in the Garden of Eden. On one level, Adam represents the first man, the father of all humanity, and the embodiment of masculinity. He is a symbol of strength, authority, and the creative power of manhood.
On another level, Adam is also associated with the fall from grace, just like Eve. He is portrayed as following her lead in disobeying God's command and complicit in humanity's expulsion from paradise.
As an artist, I aim to explore the tensions and contradictions inherent in these different layers of symbolism. I seek to challenge the traditional narrative that paints Adam as the innocent victim of Eve's seduction and, instead, celebrate him as a complex and multi-dimensional character.
Through my artwork, I aim to offer a new perspective on Adam's story, one that acknowledges his role as a powerful and influential figure but also recognises the injustices and biases that have historically been associated with his character.
Overall, my art aims to engage with the symbolic power of Adam.