Adam and Eve: Eve (left) and Adam (right), general view. 1981.
Adam and Eve. 1981.
Adam and Eve: Adam, detail of his distillation stomach. 1981.
Adam and Eve: Eve, detail of her volta pile spine and passionfruit girdle. 1981
Adam and Eve: Early drawing of their latent battery systems. 1981.
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ABOUT ADAM AND EVE (1981)
Adam and Eve represents the beginnings of life. Each is a generator, yet dependent on the other. Eve is stimulated by the Toucan (Adam) placing his beak in the orifice of her bulb, allowing the pressure to change, so expanding her thermostat (neck). This connects Eve’s Volta pile spine (a battery of copper and zinc plates separated by felt discs dipped in saline) with pumps which draw the juices from her passion fruit girdle into her mammalian protuberances. Thus enabling the Toucan to indulge.
The Liquids taken by the Toucan are distilled and pass as concentrated citric acid into his stomach. This simultaneously creates a battery cell, enabling the energy to heat further juices in an attempt to continue his existence.
Both Adam and Eve are examples of “latent machinery” as neither function physically, yet their systems are theoretically operable.