1996 Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost was exhibited at Dick Bett Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania in 1996. This was her first exhibition of dry pastel drawings after having worked exclusively with copper plate etching. In this exhibition Coppola begins to use colour to express the cultural concerns that she had begun to explore in the series of etchings – In the Garden of Eve. These drawing also explore the moment of expulsion from the Garden where nature begins to go wild and mutate, new plants are formed – different species mutate to create and the garden is no longer contained by human nurturing.