The Fall of (Wo)Man

Hickerson, The Fall of (Wo)Man, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48x48in.

Painting Description.

The Fall of (Wo)Man, 2019, is a rendition based on Michelangelo’s Fall of Man as seen in the Sistine Chapel, 1508-12. The biblical teaching emphasizes that temptation and sexual desires are a sin, which is symbolized by the forbidden fruit, and Eve becomes the victim of shame when she bites into the fruit. Although this is an ancient narrative, the taboo of feminine sexuality is still prevalent today. Thus, Michelangelo’s nude forms are placed in contemporary times. While keeping a similar composition and colour scheme, the garden of Eden is brought to the bedroom. The figures reach up to turn off the lights, because it’s easier to forget the shame when you can’t see the actions taking place.

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