Eve by Tesaneyah Dan

Artist’s Statement: My portrait is loosely based on the Bible. It depicts the first woman, Eve, with an apple in her mouth and the serpent wrapped around her neck. Eve was punished severely for disobeying God’s commandments, affecting the plight of all women who would follow her. Both the serpent and the apple symbolize the silencing of all women and their inferior status, since those were among the punishments. Eve’s eyes are similar to those of the serpent as a sign that her punishment almost dehumanized her to the point of being like a serpent—a creature that crawls on the ground.
Tesaneyah Dan is a senior at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. Her writing and art are influenced greatly by her traditional practice of Judaism and her upbringing in Brooklyn, New York. She likes to write short stories and poetry, and focuses primarily on portraits in her artwork.