Strangler Fig: Adam

Oil on wood panel 60" x 30"

Rosales’s pendant paintings speak to the theme of indecisiveness. On a golden quatrefoil pattern recalling gothic architecture, Adam and Eve confront external influences. A strangler fig tree, symbolizing manipulation, gains further complexity with a double-headed snake connecting the two panels. Inspired by the ouroboros, Rosales alludes to the snake as an element offering choices to the first man and woman, and their ancestors: Follow society’s norms, or stand one’s ground and be one’s unique self? These questions emerge as Adam and Eve each grasp a fig in their hands, while the strangler fig slowly wraps its roots around their feet and legs.


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