“Because You Have…” Installation progress shots
So this past week, along with DeFine Art there was an Open Studio night for Alexander Hall. Considering the artists who were returning I decided to transform my unused studio space into an installation. After a long while of aimlessly coming up with nothing in particular I thought of what I should have thought of the moment I wanted to start. Confused? So was I. Until I remembered where I had left off- Genesis. I completed in the work “It was Dark” a retelling of Genesis 1 and 2. So I read chapter 3. It contains the Fall.
The Fall of man which shook the whole of our history. The Fall was the event that created the role of the catalyst. It was both devastating and necessary. Without the Fall there would be no Savior and without the Savior we would never fully understand the Creator. For they are one in the same. Genesis 3:14-19 read this,
“The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for[b] your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.””
So I created the work you see in progress below. These still images of a weaving of leaves and grass and moss is not the point- it is the center. The tree. The entire story revolves around the tree of the knowledge of good and evil- but it is not a character. My three characters were the Serpent, the Woman, and the Man. When I document the finished product you will hear three voices. an you guess who they are? Man. Woman. Serpent. yep. Here are each of their texts:
Down I went, not that I was surprised. I fell to the ground and glanced at the height from which I’d begun- not at the leaves, but beyond. What a high fall.
My belly has grown coarse from travel and all I know is the Earth. My body is covered in it, my mouth tastes of it, and I feel its vibrations constantly. I can only look ahead- there is non beneath me. Two footers crash down on me and though I strike the battle will forever continue, until…”
“Down I went, did I realize I was so naiive? I fell back to the brush and tried to hide, but I was more than naked. What a high fall.
My body aches and bleeds for what I have done. I cry out before I can rejoice at the sounds of life and mourn before the touch of youth. To my flesh I shall cling and as one I will advance, but he will fail me and push me down. Though I strike, the battle will forever continue, until…”
“Down I went, I should have know, but bone of my bone by which I was fooled was weak. Weak and crumbled. That which I could have held together I dropped. What a high fall.
My hands and feet blister. The ground is hard and impenetrable, releasing little more than thistle. By my sweat I shall water it, until it consumes me. Till to the dust I return for though I strike, the battle will forever continue, until…”