WHAT IS HIDDEN IN THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF "EVE WITH THE SNAKE"? ART, FASHION AND PROVOCATIVE FEMININITY.
THE GIRLS BEHIND, THE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, IVA AND STEPHANIE, EXCLUSIVELY FOR REDMILK MAGAZINE.
Iva, describe in a word Stephanie.
Ephemeral. You are a fairy.
Stephanie, describe in a word Iva.
Wait, what the fuck, you stole my word! I was seriously going to say that. I still am. You are.
Describe in a word @evewiththesnake.
What did you join in this path?
We join fine art and fashion with the lesions of internet meme culture. We are interested in the condition of modern femininity and how woman creates her relationship with herself through musings on art and fashion.
How is your inspiration born?
When we were in boarding school together, Iva’s first tumblr was a sex tumblr- aptly named “Eve With the Snake!” When tumblr became less popular, we wanted to bring that experience of art and imagery into our instagram experiences, where we felt it was missing. We don’t try to “brand” ourselves at all, but find the common thread to be femininity, simply because we are women and we have created a community of others who respond to that. The name “Eve with the Snake” references origin, power, and and the demonization of woman’s claim to her own sexuality. We are trying to reclaim that power.
Every image in @evewiththesnake is provocative but always sensual. What do you look for when you choose an image?
We don’t. We really don’t “look” for anything. We pick images that resonate with our daily thoughts, moods, trials, and tribulations.
What does femininity mean to you?
Stephanie: It’s hard to separate from our own perspective because it’s so deeply ingrained with our own experience of life.
Iva: I’m still working this one out. I find myself feeling most powerful in my sexuality when channeling ancient archetypes and goddess figures in art and religious contexts. Femininity to me is deeply related to my own sexuality.
What does fashion mean to you?
Stephanie: We are in an age where we are looking towards the future of what humanity is going to be, it’s changing so rapidly in terms of technology and climate change and the political schema. I’m interested in the ways that fashion helps us translate our body into these new times, by placing different shapes and making the body look different than the figure we associate with being “human.” If you look at designers like Iris Van Herpen, Margiela, Rick Owens, and other true visionaries in the fashion industry they are working through those questions. We are not fully human anymore. We are a hybrid – we are also technology. We could be aliens.
Iva: I frequently get bored with my reality. I guess my ideal job would be something nomadic, where I could sleep under the stars every night. I moved out and started traveling alone for work at 17. I feel we often begin to associate our identities through the lens of our routines – I hate that. I want to surrender to chance, and fashion allows me to honor my internal changes even when my life doesn’t offer me the chance to take a flight across the world. I’m fascinated by fashion outside the realm of the western canon, the ritual and rites associated with different dress, and the ways we can communicate through the commonalities. My favorite pieces in my wardrobe aren’t expensive or designer- they’re stories. They are blouses I bought for two dollars at African markets, and beaded shirts from Mexico. Each piece represents a secret only I know.
Not only inspirations and images but also vintage items. How are you looking for unique pieces?
We are addicted to shopping.
Now your profile has 38k followers: what are your next projects?
We are in the process of launching our website, where you can buy clothes both vintage and original design, as well as read a blog of poetry, literature and think pieces. In the future we are interested in turning EWTS into a collective to support other creative women.
Photos courtesy of the artists