Adam and Eve-Entropy

60”x84” oil on canvas/wood 1990

I have used the concept of entropy – which in thermodynamics, defines the tendency toward the loss of energy in a system – to describe the painting’s central scene of devastation and ruin. On the side panels, Adam and Eve are witness to the destruction.

A still life of turnips is shown in the upper lunette. Holocaust survivors have described returning to their towns after liberation to find no food except for edible turnips still alive beneath the earth. That image symbolizes for me our eternal hope for the continuation of life on earth after all the destructions – both man-made and God–made, which began with Adam and Eve.

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