I am the Choicemaker
Controversial South African born artist Lorna Marsh currently residing in the United States is exhibiting at the Joao Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town from March 6, 2020 for three weeks. In her most challenging series to date, Marsh confronts biblical ideologies as depicted in text and images concerning the figure of Eve in her provocatively feminist "I am the Choicemaker" series.
The series focuses on the image of women and what they've been trained to accept by cultural norms. Eve, as the greatest symbol of womankind has been considered from the start of time as the root of original sin. Mythology has set women up as man's downfall resulting in warped realities, distorted sexual views and confusion about women, which still exist today.
In this light, Marsh's work is an inspiration to all South African women encouraging them to seek true individual realities of self.
"Marsh has made the choice, in her role as postmodern prophet. We, the viewer, hold the choice to see and understand, or not. The choice and responsibility is now ours," says Gabriela Palmieri of the University of Chicago.
Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, An Uncommon Dialogue, says that the act of Adam and Eve was not original sin, but in truth first blessing. Walsch adds that in being the first people to make a 'wrong choice', Adam and Eve in fact produced the possibility of making any choice at all.
Born in Cape Town in 1949 Marsh has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows around the world. She began her formal education at an early age including private instruction with professors hailing from the Royal Academy of Art. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1989 to 1991.
The International Art scene continues to esteem and acknowledge the tremendous impact of Lorna Marsh's work. The Aldo Castillo Gallery in Chicago permanently represents Marsh.