Eve – Barnett Newman
“The vast expanse of unmodulated red paint in this work is both absorbing and disorienting.
It is interrupted by a single, narrow band of purple running the length of the right-hand edge.
This ‘zip’ generates a tension throughout the canvas between presence and blankness, solidity and fragility.
Its verticality also echoes the position of the viewer, helping to fulfil Newman’s concern that ‘the onlooker in front of my painting knows that he’s there’. “
It is the part of me that is fragile against the solid reliability of the rest of me.
It doesn’t seem to matter that for the most part I am pragmatic because the small part of me that isn’t disrupts, fractures and leans on my decision making process to get its own way.
I suppose, this means, in essence, I’m a girl, a fact that I am slowly coming to terms with.
And I suppose in essence, that is why this painting is called Eve and not Adam.