Work

With Adam’s Ale, Eve Knows

‘With Adam’s Ale, Eve Knows’s (I) , Triptych, acrylic on canvas 90 x 80 cms (each panel measures 30 x 80 cms)

“Adam’s Ale is an old colloquial term for Water (based on the presumption that biblical Adam had only water to drink in the Garden of Eden).

I wanted to include water within these works for the symbolic references including fertility, source of life, wisdom and intuition. The deepest waters in this world are still unexplored, so for me water also represents a kind of mysticism. The changeable qualities of water (liquid, solid, vapour) also allude to the idea of metamorphosis.

When I was titling the works, I was thinking about the female’s position in a patriarchal culture. How (as a society) did we arrive at Patriarchy and its set of ideas?

It got me thinking about the Adam and Eve creation story…how possibly the narratives and dogma we’re exposed to from childhood (ie Eve’s punishment for her disobedience) form subconscious beliefs in the psyche which are then perpetuated throughout the years without question. These then provide justification for the status quo? So whilst it was important to me (visually) to celebrate the feminine form and its characteristics, I also wanted to make reference to this.”