Flowerplay (Red rose)
2012. h:33.4cms x w:23.3cms (framed).
This is the sixth drawing and is one of the few flowers based on a real plant. The red rose in art is astonishingly rich in symbolism so I wanted to come up with a narrative of my own. In Atlanta, USA in 1996 while attending the opening of a group show I was involved in, I was given a little plastic mythical creature by a woman I didn't know: I have treasured it ever since. I don't know what character the toy was originally, but she seems to me to be part woman, lizard, goddess and warrior. She is making her way up the flower stem to claim her rose and all it represents in reality, imagination, dreams and nightmares.
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