The Fall, 2014, Oil on Panel
Whilst differing interpretations exist within Christian doctrine, most agree the Eden narrative in the book of Genesis is laden with symbolism. Adam and Eve are the picture of humanity falling from an eternal life with the creator to a broken existence of separation. As is common knowledge; they fell for a taste of the forbidden fruit. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is really the crux of the story, embodying everything for which humankind turned away from God. The single moment of eating from the fruit is conceivably the most significant event in human history (literally or figuratively depending on your own hermeneutical preference) and thus it is the moment depicted in The Fall. By conflating the Apple™ logo with the fruit, this painting suggests the archetype of the late capitalist consumer products has become the very root of spiritual disobedience. Societal valuation of material wealth above all, numbs those who engage to any provocation of the divine. Contemporary consumer culture makes grand claims of personal freedom, ubiquitous luxury and immediate satiation of desire; it looks the innocent flower, but is in reality the serpent come to tempt away from gospel living.