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Feminine Layers - 22"x22" Watercolor Painting

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This is a large, square (22"x22") original watercolor painting on 90 lb cold press Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor pigments are high-quality Daniel Smith colors.

This was the first painting in a series of watercolors ("Hesitant, Hurt, and Healing Flowers") created for my senior honors thesis at Eastern Michigan University, where I graduated with a BFA in watercolor and graphic design. This painting falls into the "Healing" category. Though there is some darkness, some mystery, the rose does feels safe exerting its self-expression, of peeling back its petals to reveal her tattoos to the viewer.

For more on this painting specifically, check out this blog post:
http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/2015/09/feminine-layers.html

These thesis paintings were featured on a recent French-Canadian documentary series "L'art Erotique" (which aired on ARTV in January-February 2016 in Montreal). This painting was also shown at the EMU Honors Art Exhibition in Ford Gallery in 2010 and the EMU Undergraduate Symposium in 2010.

It will require custom matting/framing, due to its custom size. (Mats and framing not included.)

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For the imagery, I fused decorative patterns (which I designed myself on the computer) with flesh-colored rose petals to create a stereotypical "female aesthetic" and comment on femininity and female sexual expression.

The most abstracted part of the flower is also the watercolor’s emphasis – a dark organic shape in the top right of the painting, the "core" of the flower, from which the petals radiate. At the time that I created this piece, I was still in the beginning stages of researching flower symbolism; one artist whom I had already stumbled across, however, was feminist Judy Chicago. I was immediately drawn to Chicago’s so-called “central core imagery,” that is, paintings and drawings with brightly-colored, centralized, symmetrical designs radiating from a center.

Chicago's "central core" artwork is meant to be celebratory of female sexuality. Mine is too - the petals are decorated in lighter colors and fanciful patterns, a "reclaiming" of decorative, domestic patterns for the use of self-expression. (If the rose represents people, or women, or genitalia, then the patterns become tattoos inked onto flesh.) But the dark, mysterious "core" of the flower also implies hesitancy and trepidation; the lack of quality sex-ed, the puritanical attitudes about sexuality that yet prevail in many cultures and religions, the fear of sexual assault or violence.

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You can find my honors thesis ("Flower Symbolism as Female Sexual Metaphor") at: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/238/ if you are interested in reading more about the symbolism in this painting. A hard copy is also available for purchase on Amazon.

I have also written extensively about my thesis, positive and negative flower symbolism, female sexuality, and feminism on my blog: http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/search/label/thesis

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This is a large, square (22"x22") original watercolor painting on 90 lb cold press Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor pigments are high-quality Daniel Smith colors.

This was the first painting in a series of watercolors ("Hesitant, Hurt, and Healing Flowers") created for my senior honors thesis at Eastern Michigan University, where I graduated with a BFA in watercolor and graphic design. This painting falls into the "Healing" category. Though there is some darkness, some mystery, the rose does feels safe exerting its self-expression, of peeling back its petals to reveal her tattoos to the viewer.

For more on this painting specifically, check out this blog post:
http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/2015/09/feminine-layers.html

These thesis paintings were featured on a recent French-Canadian documentary series "L'art Erotique" (which aired on ARTV in January-February 2016 in Montreal). This painting was also shown at the EMU Honors Art Exhibition in Ford Gallery in 2010 and the EMU Undergraduate Symposium in 2010.

It will require custom matting/framing, due to its custom size. (Mats and framing not included.)

-

For the imagery, I fused decorative patterns (which I designed myself on the computer) with flesh-colored rose petals to create a stereotypical "female aesthetic" and comment on femininity and female sexual expression.

The most abstracted part of the flower is also the watercolor’s emphasis – a dark organic shape in the top right of the painting, the "core" of the flower, from which the petals radiate. At the time that I created this piece, I was still in the beginning stages of researching flower symbolism; one artist whom I had already stumbled across, however, was feminist Judy Chicago. I was immediately drawn to Chicago’s so-called “central core imagery,” that is, paintings and drawings with brightly-colored, centralized, symmetrical designs radiating from a center.

Chicago's "central core" artwork is meant to be celebratory of female sexuality. Mine is too - the petals are decorated in lighter colors and fanciful patterns, a "reclaiming" of decorative, domestic patterns for the use of self-expression. (If the rose represents people, or women, or genitalia, then the patterns become tattoos inked onto flesh.) But the dark, mysterious "core" of the flower also implies hesitancy and trepidation; the lack of quality sex-ed, the puritanical attitudes about sexuality that yet prevail in many cultures and religions, the fear of sexual assault or violence.

-

You can find my honors thesis ("Flower Symbolism as Female Sexual Metaphor") at: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/238/ if you are interested in reading more about the symbolism in this painting. A hard copy is also available for purchase on Amazon.

I have also written extensively about my thesis, positive and negative flower symbolism, female sexuality, and feminism on my blog: http://untilthewaterfalls.blogspot.com/search/label/thesis

Thanks for visiting!

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(18)
Reviewed by Mary
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 26, 2017
This beautiful artwork is on a nice card stock. The design and color options are wonderful depicting our love of the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes - Pack of Six Blank A2 Notecards - Watercolor Art Prints

Reviewed by BadgerACat
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 22, 2017
Just beautiful, I’m looking forward to see my daughters expression on Christmas. Michigan is our favorite vacation spot.
The Great Lakes - Pack of Six Blank A2 Notecards - Watercolor Art Prints

Reviewed by blakedempsey1
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 3, 2017
Painting came out great! My wife loved it. Lot's of detail. Andrea Did an awesome job. I will recommend this to other for there 4th anniversary.
Custom 8"x10" Flower Bouquet Painting

Reviewed by calliopehandknits
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 12, 2017
Always love finding products depicting our beloved Great Lakes. Andrea’s beautiful colors made these cards a fine gift for giving.
The Great Lakes - Pack of Six Blank A2 Notecards - Watercolor Art Prints

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