Eve Full Image
x 24" / Oil on Canvas
by John WorldPeace
A partial interpretation
from the artist's transient perspective
This is a painting of a pregnant female who is being
crucified on the cross of religion.
In the Jewish book of Genesis, Eve is subordinated to
man by God himself for her alleged sin of taking a bite
of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. When Eve committed
this alleged sin, God said, “your desire will
be for your husband, and he will rule over you”
(Genesis 3:16). Even in cultures other than those influenced
by the Judeo-Christian belief system, this subordination
of women exists.
This painting is about the oppression of women by men,
the killing of women, the mutilation of women, the enslavement
of women, and the discounting and abuse of women. The
painting is harsh because the prejudice directed toward
women is harsh.
We live in a masculine society; therefore we are always
at war. We have subordinated the female energy to the
male and therefore we have little peace. Until women
are given an equal place in society, we will continue
to live in an unbalanced hostile society. It is a society
where the yang dominates the yin and therefore spins
out of balance.
In my experiences as John WorldPeace, I find that societies
of females distrust all males. No matter what the message
of the male, no matter how egalitarian, distrust exists
because all of society is permeated with second-class
citizenship for women.
I find it interesting that women cannot become equals
in a male-dominated society without the help of males
to take up their cause. An inability to distinguish
supporters from subordinators delays the day when women
take their place in a truly egalitarian society where
nurturing is balanced with aggression.
December 7, 2003