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The questions I pose 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? Can the epic and the motif of Adam and Eve, the loss from the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man serve to describe the human condition, the relationships with each other? And how can collectively invented narratives, experiences and knowledge, paired with traditional ways of making be translated into contemporary art?
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.