Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Kate Just

The Garden of Interior Delights

The Garden of Interior Delights

Kate Just. The Garden of Interior Delights, 2008.

Just's ambitious knitted sculpture is a reinterpretation of the strange pink fountain from the first panel in Heironymous Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (c.1500). Bosch’s paradise is a fantastical one, featuring wildly imaginative structures, which appear to be a blend of plant, body and man-made forms. While Art historians and theorists insist Bosch’s fountain refers to either the alchemical sign of Cancer (the crab), or a pelican (an ancient sign of Christ’s sacrifice), Just focuses instead on its uncanny resemblance to the female ovaries and fallopian tubes. In Just's hands, the structure is elaborated with pink fleshiness, new orifices, folds and liquid spray making it a giant totem to femininity and sexual reproduction.


macrame, suspensions, knitting, ovaries, reproduction, fountain, Eden, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch, orifice

ParadiseMy DaphneShed That SkinThe Garden of Interior DelightsHatchingDianeHer Keys

Melbourne, Victoria


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