Hugo van der Goes, The Fall of Adam and Eve, c.1470
001:002 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
001:011 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
001:021 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
001:022 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
“And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
All of these passages are very visually striking. I could see myself creating a work of art using any of these lines. The line that especially inspires me is Genesis 2:7. The vision of God’s mouth breathing life to the dust of the ground and forming man really intrigues me. Not only does it present an opportunity for a visually pleasing picture but it also makes you think. I think about how far away we live from dirt now but it is not only religiously but scientifically what we are made out of. I want to explore the idea of our separation from dirt using examples from art history for my midterm project.
creates human forms out of cast dirt.