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Wash my guilt of Eden

Wash my guilt of Eden

Adam & Eve’s Winter Wardrobe - This season we will mostly be wearing:
resin, latex, deer pelt, plastic, brass, pine, linen, string & shell.

This piece was a response to the brief 'Artist Book'. We were encouraged to challenge our assumption of 'book' whilst exploring a narrative. I loved it.

The title "Wash my guilt of Eden" is taken from Joni Mitchell's 'Don't interrupt The Sorrow' (The Hissing of Summer Lawns, 1975), it's an incredible song.

"A room full of glasses
He says "Your notches liberation doll"
And he chains me with that serpent
To that Ethiopian wall"

"Don't interrupt the sorrow
Darn right
He says 'We walked on the moon
You be polite.'"

I don't think I will ever understand the story of Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden: Adam receiving Eve, the serpent, the shaming thing. And though the story is centuries old, it still sits tight, engrained in us - retold and re-imagined - forever deepening this shared loss of Eden.

I took on Jung's anima / animus thoughts to try and solve how Eve might have been made FROM Adam. Though I think by the end of the project I was concluding that if there was a divine creator s/he was probably a gardener.

But I was drawn to the idea of a tailor, fitting skins for the pair in time for their upheaval from Eden. The wardrobe is also fitted with sheets of alternative designs for Eve's body and a ribcage carved from soap - so that she might do as the title suggests, and take no notice of what the 'Good Book's been saying.

Wash my guilt of Eden
We walked on the moon
Wash other guilt separately