From Innocence to Atrocity: Simone Krok’s “Paradise Lost” at Gallery 223

Artist Simone Krok has spent the past decade crafting visually striking and thought-provoking works that explore deep questions relating to the human condition and the nature of creation. Her latest exhibition ‘Paradise Lost’ features a series of extraordinary and elaborate sculptures inspired by ancient religious traditions, based around themes of creation, the loss of human innocence and the precarious nature of human free will.

Named after John Milton’s seventeenth century epic poem, the exhibition includes a number of Krok’s intricate and elaborate sculptures as well as two multimedia pieces. Like much of Krok’s past pieces, the newest body of work is inspired by ancient religious traditions, while focusing on the dichotomy between human innocence and human violence.

The works addresses themes of creation, the fall of man, the loss of human innocence and the precarious nature of human free will.'Tiferet of Asiyyah'

In keeping with these themes, much of the aesthetic vocabulary of the sculptures exhibited in Paradise Lost is evocative of the imagery and symbolism associated with ancient Old Testament traditions. In particular, the pieces in the exhibition are specifically influenced by Kabbalah, an ancient form of mysticism originating in Judaism.

Simone Krok has said of the exhibition:

“I want to use this exhibition to explore many of the questions that stem from the idea of the ‘Fall of Man’ and what these mean in the 21st Century. In particular, one of my aims is to ask how we, the human race, lose the innocence we were born with as children and why it is that we so frequently use our freedom of choice to enter into the destructive path of greed, power, violence and manmade suffering that is all too common in our modern world.”

Paradise Lost will run until 18 June at Gallery 223 in Waterloo
137-139 Lower Marsh Street London, SE1  7AE.