Et Dieu Crea La Femme

“Et Dieu Crea La Femme” is a print located in the central hall of Level 200 in the Lory Student Center. This print was made by Jennifer Dickson, an internationally renowned photographic artist. Jennifer Dickson was born in South Africa in 1936 and studied at the Goldsmiths’ College School of Art at the University of London, England. Later, she became an associate of the prestigious graphic workshop, Atelier 17 in Paris until 1965. It was during her time at Atelier 17 that she printed “Et Dieu Crea La Femme,” a work that was a part of her print series “La Genese,” which translates to “Genesis.” This series featured 10 prints derived from the biblical story of Genesis. “Et Dieu Crea La Femme” translates to “and God Created Woman,” and shows a beautiful rendition of this moment of creation through the depiction of a woman’s body in black ink over a background of vibrant red mixed in with areas of warm brown. After this series, Dickson went on to depict imagery of women in two series titled “The Secret Garden” (1976) and “Three Mirrors to Narcissus” (1979) which challenged assumptions about gender and sexual roles in western society. In the 1980s and 90s, Dickson traveled throughout England, France, and Italy and her work became focused on historic gardens, creating a visually stunning series called “The Last Silence” which highlights the beauty and desecration of these deteriorated historical spaces. Much of Dickson’s work provides a complex and contemporary symbolic response to history. “Et Dieu Crea La Femme” is an example of how her work can transform a historical narrative in a way that is reflective, contemporary, and eye catching.