paradise lost 1 (web) paradise lost 2 (web) paradise lost (opened)(web)

 

paradise lost, 2015

 

Handmade artist book, black cover and pages

9 x 7 x 1 inches

        

Paradise Lost refers to John Milton’s book from 1617.  It visualizes a lost pleasure, capturing a sense of beauty that lies in the feeling of grief and loss. In Milton’s work, the Garden of Eden symbolizes the perfect union of a man and a woman, but the temptation of curiosity destroys the paradise, as Eve takes the fruit of knowledge. This book is to capture the forced end of a perfect harmony by seeking curiosity. The color of the book symbolizes the tragedy of loss of union. The book cannot be opened beyond its abrupt ending.

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lost pleasure 1 (web)lost pleasure 2 (web)

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lost pleasure, 2015

black painted flower arrangement

 

Being painted with the black ink, the piece is a reminder of this grief over a loss. The loss of beauty and youth is however inevitable and this loss is part of the vitality of life itself. 

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