Department of Fine Arts

Blanche & Romie Shapiro

Fine Art 2019, Graduate Exhibitions
carolina lehan, Eve Did Not Eat the Apple
, 2019, Graduated 2019, Fine Arts

Paradise in the  book of Genesis is a utopian space that invites us to dream and fantasize about fresh water and lush vegetation. A close reading of the story reveals the pleasure we, as humans, finds in gazing, a place where we can savor nature, without being exposed to any real danger. The relations of power and control between nature and human action constitute a significant element in human attitudes towards gardens.
The garden is a piece of land adjacent to the house and used for growing flowers, or alternatively as a public space, where guests are invited to stop by or linger for a while.

In her work, "Eve Did Not Eat the Apple," Carolina sees in the artistic space, as in the garden, a space of experiments in which nature is reinvented and material manipulations are made. The act of art implements a plan to organize the world outside the walls - an exclusive alternative that is radically opposed to the reality which surrounds it. It is possible, as in the book of Genesis, that in the end, the garden requires awakening, for the fruit has been eaten and the gates closed behind our backs.

The works were created in a state of consciousness ranging from chaos and intuition to seriality and mechanism. Hair, seaweed and Papier-mâché flicker through the surface of industrial materials such as concrete, pipes and steel. All of which allow the material and emotional conflict to exist in a world that moves between the natural and the processed.

carolina lehan
Graduated 2019
Eve Did Not Eat the Apple