Flowers are representatives of a woman’s beauty, delicacy and femininity. All flowers are like women, beautiful in their own way. There is a significant similarity between the 3 flowers; They represent love, female virginity & innocence. Virgin Mary is represented by a white lily as a symbol of spirituality and sexual purity, or a rose as a sign of love and beauty.
We wanted to portray the floral femininity, that through history has had a significant influence on art and traditions. Flowers have been used in paintings for centuries. Flowers are also the most traditional gift for a woman. For valentines day, mother’s day, anniversary, birthday, and spontaneous dates, we gift women with flowers, to express our love. We probably have all given flowers to our female loved ones before. That tells how big an impact, flowers have on women and how our society associates flowers with femininity and love.
We chose to use three flowers for our flower-series of 3 prints; The Carnation Flower, The Lily & The Rose. Those specific flowers carry a symbolism that fits well with our message. We wanted to connect our flower prints with Love, Beauty and Femininity.
SYMBOLISM OF THE THREE FLOWERS:
To be more specific, here is the symbolism of the three flowers individually:
CARNATION: Devotion, Love, Distinction & Fascination. The white carnation in particular symbolizes
Innocence, Pure love & Sweet love. The carnations beauty also represents purity and good luck
ROSE: Love and Romance, Purity, Innocence and Grace. Young love and eternal loyalty. The white color symbolizes fresh beginnings, and a pure white path. Normally used at weddings for these reasons.
LILY: Purity, Fertility, Sweet & Innocent Beauty. Therefore associated with fresh life and rebirth. The white color symbolizes a rejuvenation of the soul. They’re also called sympathy flowers, used for funerals & births
We decided to integrate nude-art in our prints to express the flower’s symbolism in its most vulnerable way. The nude woman can be connected to Virgin Mary. The meaning is to connect the flower and the nude woman, as if they were one unit. They are two of the same. They compliment each other with their beautiful similarities, yet differ from each other in shape. A combination that we wanted to base our print-series on.
In our 1st print “CARNATION”, the woman is lying in the flower, as it’s a blanket. She is hanging with her right arm and head down, to show the love and protection that the carnation flower gives her. It will keep her safe.
In our 2nd print “ROSE”, the woman is standing tall, holding the flower with her arms surrounding it. She holds the flower, it gives her strength to go into fresh beginnings, like a marriage.
In our 3rd print “LILY”, the woman is sitting in the flower, with her legs hanging down and her face looking at her hands. The flower is sending love and energy through her body, rejuvenating her soul.
Thanks for reading!
XO Adan & Dottir