Adam sets the archetype for the male patriarch, one of which is the Husband, with its unprecedented matrimonial sanctions and expectations. We are taught marriage and children should come natural (such as our contemporary Adam in Qualms
, quietly accepting the role).
I think about how the role is achieved outside of marriage. It's here we find a contemporary Adam living a marriage he slowly realizes he doesn't want to be in.
He and his wife receive news from a third, partially seen figure. The wife sits gently and concerned, touching the confirmed hand of her husband on her shoulder. I’d like the think the news they received is unfortunate and distressing because of the husband: his hand is on his wife’s shoulder, a comforting gesture, yet his face is completely fixated on the camera and his expression more discontent than his wife. He's appears much larger in the space than anyone else, which can speak to his patriarchy, but also alluding to his displacement.
The room itself is a frame; it could be their home, residents, or perhaps an office, but ideally a window.
He doesn’t want to accept the news He and his wife received, nor take responsibility. A Notion of Engagement is about his gaze looking out past the frame, aware that an audience is outside the picture looking into their lives. He too wants to be on the outside looking in.
from the series 'How To Use The Bible To Get What You Want."
Portraits and people