THE APPLE OF EDEN

Oil on Canvas 62' x 48'

This is a surreal garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, the snake and the apple. The lower toros of these primal figures are progressively transmogrified to a snake form absorbing both of them. The metamorphosis forces the viewer to ask, who is the snake? Is the snake the progeny of Adam and Eve, or is it the product of the interaction between them?. Yet there is a hint that the lower part of the body ,which has been transformed to a reptile has both seduced and deceived the two of them..
The prominent interplay between the apple, which is so inviting, and the breast, the apple of seduction, raises another question-which is the real apple?. The man is absorbed with his apple (which one?);. The woman has an expression of aloofness, of being lost in daydream or absorbed in her own thoughts. Her distracted look invites the observer to become a part of the scene.

The flowers have unrealistic exotic shapes with soft gentle curvatures that suggest sensual and sexual pleasures.
. I have given the biblical scene a sexual interpretation since carnal awareness is obviously the "fruit" Adam and Eve plucked from the tree of knowledge
Theybecame sentient and enraptured when they tooke the fruit from the Tree of Wisdom.
"And the woman perceived that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes , and that the tree was desirable as a means to wisdom, and she took of its fruit and ate. And she gave also to her husband with her and he ate . Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized that they were naked, and they sewed together a fig leaf and made themselves aprons,.".?