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The questions I raise here: Can the epic poem, written in the late seventeenth century and, as Milton himself admits, created and published too late in terms of its artistic form, in the political context of the time, and for personal reasons, still be relevant today, both in terms of content and structure, and especially in the mirror of the visual arts? Can the epic and the motif of Adam and Eve still serve to capture the nature of the human condition, of relationships with one another? Can figurative, multi-layered oil painting, the craftsmanship that has been handed down, help to describe the conditio humana, our existence in this world? What role can collective knowledge, traditional ways of making, collective experience and literal collaboration with others translate into contemporary art? How is engaging with the viewer expressed - if art is understood as a language that speaks from heart to heart, as Alan Moore so beautifully states? And how can I define the process of image-making in terms of a narrative?
Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of EDEN
TIn PARADISE LOST, I address from an artistic point of view the question of collectively invented concepts - culture in its most fundamental and central form - that have survived and been kept alive over centuries and how they have found expression in the form of the archetype, mythological stories, and multilayered oil painting technique.
PARADISE LOST takes John Milton's eponymous epic as the inspiration for its pictorial inventions.
The group of works includes paintings, works on paper and textiles.
It is a central point of reference for my collaborative work with the British artist and fashion designer Felicity Brown and our Being Eve Journey 2017 to New Mexico.
The group of works is not yet completed.
Carolin Kropff, bildende Künstlerin, Atelier Studio Space Lange Strasse 31, Frankfurt. Malerei, Zeichnung, Druckkunst, Textilkunst, Kollaboration, Performance, Fotografie, Studio Praxis.