The piece entitled The Snake Men and the Apple Tree (Panel/Scene #4) is my interpretation of the Edenic creature described in the third book of Genesis. The snake can be considered as one of the oldest and most renowned symbols in history; at times described as a symbol of fertility, knowledge, and power (good and evil). The Edenic snake is not far from any common symbolisms, as the snake tells Eve in the book of Genesis 03:05; “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” alluding to the power of knowledge.
Including the snake in the Sin series was obviously necessary since the snake has been attributed as the catalyst of all evil “Sin” although many believe that the snake represents the devil she/he does not get label as such till Revelation 12:9; 20:2. Many artists have depicted the snake on the tree either literally as a snake or figuratively as a humanoid (half human half snake). It seems that throughout times artist have opted to illustrate the snake/humanoid with a women torso over that of a male. In some cases when the humanoid is portrait as men he will have the appearance of a demon like figure, intimidating and repulsive, as opposed to a female torso where the humanoid then will look inviting, seductive, and pleasant.
Antonio Fonseca Vázquez. The Snake Men and the Apple Tree. Drawing, mixed media on paper. 50” X 60”, 2008
Giving my snake a male torso is to maintain uniformity with my interpretation of sexual innuendos throughout the series. I believe as I explained with my portraits of Adam and Eve that the snake is a symbol, an extension of Adams sexuality (penis). I sustain my interpretation that Adam might have been the first to entice Eve to his sexuality and that by consummating sexual pleasures and eating the forbidden fruit (Eve) that they became aware of each other’s humanity and vulnerability towards God. My humanoid is hidden behind the shadows of an apple tree, muscular in a confrontational posture demanding authority over humanity, virile full of sexual anger as it taunts, mocks the sin of Lust.
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