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Paradise Lost (Philagrafika Large Version)
Linoleum Block Print
Edition: 5

Artist Statement/Description of Work:

Appropriating Durer’s 1504 Adam and Eve, Wechtlin’s 1517 Wounded Man and a 1493 medical illustration by Johannes de Keham, Dr. Avery’s first couple is not in the Garden of Eden. Their abandoned industrial landscape with hog factory farms in the background has a river of pig feces running between the first couple. They are surrounded by multiple reservoirs for infectious diseases: chickens, pigs, rats, bats and a civet. Vectors for infectious diseases: fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies are attracted to them. In the borders are listed 14 major infections of humans that have emerged in the past 20,000 years.

The print was published as part of the Signature Edition Series for Philagrafika – The Graphic Unconscious, a city wide print festival in Philadelphia (January 29-April 11, 2010). The Print is available at philagrafika2010.org

Eric Avery cutting Linoleum Block.
Photo: Penny De Los Santos

Time Magazine, October 2009. Packard Automobile Plant, Detroit, MI.
Adam and Eve
Paradise Lost (Brodsky Chiaroscuro Small Version)
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