The Pumpkin Eater’s Wife, artwork by Stephen Eidson
Once upon a time, a man ate a pumpkin. Was he the only eater? Once upon a time a thousand eyes were looking at his silly banquet. In fact, they have already done the same. Once upon a time, a tired woman appeared. She wanted to create a home with the remains of the pumpkin…Mmmm, maybe wasn’t a pumpkin…, maybe it was Eve’s apple, that forgotten apple lost in the Paradise… Or maybe it was a pomegranate, Venus symbol. Anyway, The Pumpkin Eater’s Wife built her home and the Eater locked her there forever.
Other women of the village felt jealous. She was a lucky girl, she had got a good husband: full fridge, expensive clothes, a Credit Card… even the bars of her window were golden! Freedom? Who wants freedom surrounding of the pretty things? Life can be a game and you can lose, it’s better the security of a Pumpkin Eater.
The days passed and the tired wife adopted her husband habits. She started to eat pumpkins, lots of pumpkins and her skin started to turn into an orange yellow thing.
One day, the miracle happened and she was already a pumpkin, another pumpkin for the next banquet of his ancient Eater without teeth.
Sometimes is better to play the game!
Stephen Eidson is an American artist of great technique but of great narrative too. As in Scheherazade Tales, his works can suggest One Thousand and One Stories. The above is one of mine. What’s yours?
The Pumpkin Eater’s Wife (22″w x 28″h) is mixed media. It’s two dimensional or three dimensional – The artist calls it two and a half dimensional. It includes lathe turnings or hand carved wood that’s been painted with acrylics and fastened to hardboard panels. Copper pipe is used for the bars. The bright colors with known iconic subjects already in the mind of the viewer combine to create unique linkages all the way back to childhood.
And now, another work by Stephen Eidson “Rooked Again” (30″w x 32″h). What story do you imagine seeing it?
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