Garden of Earthly Delights depicts a loss of innocence through three juxtaposing video panels. This piece refers Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic 15th century three-part triptych by the same title. The original imagery reflects biblical scenes, read from left to right; Eden, the Judgment, and Hell. Bosch’s triptych warns of the devastating outcome of irresponsibility and self-interest. The imagery of our response to Bosch’s artwork represents the tension between two cultures engaged in a negotiation over limited water resources.
This work uses two natural High Desert settings that represent either an abundance or scarcity of water. The protagonists reflect the socio-political tension between two groups over water rights; the Native Americans who have inhabited the area since time immemorial with deep ancestral and spiritual ties to the water, and the Euro-American settlers who have journeyed west over the past two centuries to establish their homes and industries. This is a cautionary tale of the price of exploration.