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I was recently involved in the Artificial Fiction show at Ayden Gallery here in Vancouver, a show whose theme was the exploration of the mythology and folklore and stories in our culture. Invitation made to me, the images and the stories immediately began conjuring in my mind. All of them, I discovered seemed connected in focusing on the women in mythology I considered some of the most nobel, yet who had been scape goats or figures of admonition.
This image depicts Eve, who, like Pandora, I sometimes feel is the victim of the historic conspiracy which can be boiled down to "let's blame everything on the women." Christian tradition is to refer to the event of Eve's eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge as "the Fall," and this, I could not agree with more. Adam and Eve were as children in Eden, kept, cared for, unquestioning, and innocent. I would not want to remain this way forever. I would not want to remain insular or unimagining. In my mind, that was the day the mythology should celebrate as the day we grew up, opened our minds, became adults, and could look our creator in the eye. I cannot abide by the idea of punishing the pursuit of knowledge in of itself. It might seem ironic for an atheist to chose these religious subjects, but religion is not spirituality, of which mine is rich in awe of the universe we inhabit, and I feel a certain kinship with this first of women who looked up at the same sky I do.
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fill99 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
8 )
kumpan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible technique..
Piscesoul Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
You are one of the wisest artists I have ever encountered on deviantART. I could not imagine a world where Eve had not questioned...for one, I wouldn't get to experience the satisfaction of finding nude photography on dA. Lol. Needless to say this didn't evoke the same reaction from me, I savored it...and I savor your wordage and introspection. Keep inspiring, keep influencing. :peace:
DanNeamu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
you have been featured here
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!!
bfaupin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with the text 100 percent! how did you make the gold stand out? Is it paint or gold leaf? beautiful!
kiji-chan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really lovely and epic concept behind this work. I am especially in love with the golden part behind her.
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
shinedust Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I love this piece, maybe more than Lilith. The detail of the halo and the bold color stands out and is stunning. I also enjoy how dark in tone this is - there is nothing that makes me feel it's a bright cheerful day in the Garden of's almost more like she's found herself (literally) in an overgrown section of forest where the tree of knowledge exists. And the idea of her looking her creator in the eyes at that moment, the moment when knowledge goes past lips and is absorbed forever...its as if you captured that in her eyes. Not sad, not awed, but almost like she willingly looked up to not defy, but to challenge God. And God failed her in that moment. The other thing I love about this is that the snake is nowhere to be seen - in those last moments it was truly her choice to take of the apple, no trick of another entity, just her and her thoughts...I love that.

The one thing I don't like so much is how her hand looks like it grew into the tree...very dryad there, but other than that...amazing.
Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   General Artist
I'm so happy to hear this review. You so got it. Like I said, I know I'm an outsider on this cannon, but that's they way I thought of it too. And you're super right about her hand, a few people have said that, but it's coated in lacquer now, so kinda stuck, but I've thought about tackling this one again later too! Thank you for the thoughtful comments!
acIrmo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I like it.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Beautifully done. The conventional reading of the 'fall' narrative never made much sense to me, either. It seems Eve did humanity a service, really...
drigulch Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I must admit an accompanying fascination of how all comments ends dup going to the companion lady of legend, Lilith, rather than the woman who gets all the credit as first lady of humanity. Each, to me, extra stunningly done in the artistic sense, both bearing beauty and beguile, salve for the viewing soul, those in tangible sod womanly wile. All while being opposite sides of a coin it seems. Making it all the deeper an intrigue to me, to see, all the comments not going in praise elf "Mom" but her outcast and reviled predecessor. MOST fascinating! So very much to entwine the mind while enjoying the visages of these two vexations, forming a sort of trinity in fact in the way Eve appears a singularity, while Lilith looks to possess a sort of Janus quality in how you have expressed he raw a parallax, echo, or continual transition of herself. Quite like the indication that you have given Eve a halo of enlightenment rather than one of blind, accepting good girl spirituality here. i for one am always a sucker for an angelic lady due to her reading of science books in lieu of always doing what she ought to be doing based on the views of dead white guys. 
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