Jennifer Wen Ma attempts to trace the original location of the Garden of Eden in this large drawing. Her research probes the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates in northern Iraq, the marshlands of southern Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Lebanon, parts of Africa, Jerusalem, Sri Lanka, Missouri and Mars. Eastern and Western creation myths—such as the Chinese legend of Nuwa and Fuxi, and the Judeo- Christian story of Adam and Eve—complicate and further enrich her task. Ma considers other works which explore lost utopias: Milton’s Paradise Lost, Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion.
In Search of the Garden of Eden
Product Dimension: 3 panels, 118.11 x 75.2 inches each.
Chinese Ink and color pigments on paper
Exhibition History: The World Turned Inside Out, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, The Netherlands, 2013