2017/0046 Lillith and Adam

Lillith and Adam

Artist

Julie DOWLING
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
30 Jan 1969
 in
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Lillith and Adam
Date
2005
Medium/Material
oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.0 x 60.5 cm (painting)81.3 x 66.5 cm (frame) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0046
Currently not on display

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It is not commonly known but in the story of Christian creation, Adamhad a wife before Eve. In the old Semitic legends, Lilith (Adam’s firstwife) was created from the same earth as Adam. She refused to besubmissive to him and she eventually left him. Lilith holds mythicalsymbolism and is known in Sumerian legends as the goddess of thesouthern wind. She is said to have later married Enlil and Itud (theMoon). The story goes that Lilith was the mother of the first Vampires.Later Hebrew texts mark her as the spirit of evil air and diseases.Many argue that the latter derogatory legends came about from theforced submission of women in society.In this painting I wanted to show Adam as a First nations man in westernclothing holding some leaves between his fingers. The white ghost/windform of Lilith sits naked looking at her husband as if about to departfrom him. The background is symbolic of the garden of Eden.This painting reflects the pressures and derision placed on mixed racedmarriages from a broader racist society.

Artist statement, 2018It is not commonly known but in the story of Christian creation, Adam had a wife before Eve. In the old Semitic legends, Lilith (Adam’s first wife) was created from the same earth as Adam. She refused to be submissive to him and she eventually left him. Lilith holds mythical symbolism and is known in Sumerian legends as the goddess of the southern wind. She is said to have later married Enlil and Itud (the Moon). The story goes that Lilith was the mother of the first Vampires. Later Hebrew texts mark her as the spirit of evil air and diseases. Many argue that the latter derogatory legends came about from the forced submission of women in society. In this painting I wanted to show Adam as a First nations man in western clothing holding some leaves between his fingers. The white ghost/wind form of Lilith sits naked looking at her husband as if about to depart from him. The background is symbolic of the garden of Eden. This painting reflects the pressures and derision placed on mixed raced marriages from a broader racist society.

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