“The Garden of Eden,” 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 130 cm.
God planted a garden in Eden. (Genesis 2:8)
The name “Eden” means “delight.” In the Garden of Eden “the gold of the land was good” and the earth shone with gemstones. All the waters of the world are said to have originated in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were surrounded by rivers that flowed with the knowledge of God, and they could see from one end of the world to the other. It is said that the earth is one- sixtieth of the Garden of Eden. (Rashi on Taanit 10a) There are different opinions about when the Garden of Eden was created. Some say it was created on the third day, others that it existed before the creation of the world. After Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life, they were sent out of the Garden. However our sages tell us that every Shabbat we are given a small taste of this garden of delight – one-sixtieth of the World to Come. With its joyful colors and feeling of vast spaces, the painting suggests all these possibilities. The yellow and viridian shades may represent lush vegetation, indicating that the Garden was created on the third day. The blue-green waters seem to spring up in different places so that we cannot tell where it is water and where it is sky, or if this is sunrise or sunset in Eden.