Ganeden 1996

Oil on canvas by Victor Gordon
Oil on canvas
75 x 60 cm

The title is the Yiddish word for the Garden of Eden. Depicted is Eve, the first woman, who is recognisable by an important anatomical ommission. The serpent curls around the egg shaped mirror laying territorial claim, its lower portion in a cradling and supporting role while the upper torso and head form a tempting tumescent phallus. The image is also a reflection created by the viewer. The viewer takes on the role of the first woman being tempted by Saint Lucifer, the fallen Archangel, whose bright eye focuses on you and by implication, you become the subject.

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