Dreams of Lilith

Dreams of Lilith featuring Veronika Kotlajic by Jason Beam

 

This piece of work commemorates my showing at Echo Gallery in Chicago, IL starting on March 8, 2003. This piece also features the beautiful image of Playboy Model/Artist Muse Veronika Kotlajic, who is also the curator of Echo.

According to the Jewish tradition, Lilith was the first wife of Adam, before Eve. They say she was Caine’s mother, not Eve. Since Lilith was created from the same source of Adam, both having been formed from the ground, they were equal in all ways. When he tried to make her submit to his will, she rebelled and flew away (Lilith didn’t want to lie under him during sexual relations, because she considered that position as “insulting”). She went near the Red Sea and coupled with the Djinns, giving birth to a lot of demonic children (called Lilim).

God, in order to try and convince her to come back to Adam, sent three Angels to reason with her (Sanvi, Sansanvi and Semangelaf), but Lilith refused to return. The Angels punished her by exterminating nearly all her sons. Lilith swore deadly hatred to the man’s sons: they narrate she strangled new-born childs in their cradles and tormented sleeping men, after having had mortal embraces with them.

Lilith is often associated to the fire, as she has been described as a beautiful creature from head to navel, but as a “burning fire” from navel to toe.

This image was also featured in Heavy Metal Magazine’s book The Muse which featured works inspired by Veronika in 2006.