Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In the gutter

Do you ever think about flowers?

I mean, really think about them... the fact that they are the reproductive organs of a plant. I remember studying flower anatomy in biology, hearing words like fertilization, stamen, ovary, pistil...


photo from Enchantedlearning

Georgia O'Keefe painted flowers in a sort of botano-erotic fashion. I love her paintings. They make me blush.



photos courtesy of the world wide web.

Flowers are generally associated with female reproductive organs, but they can actually be either male or female or both.

I think about this every once in a while, especially when my Christmas Cactus blooms. The entire plant dresses itself in outrageous, enormous three-tiered flowers. They are so showy, so vivid. This is a plant that knows how to flaunt its sexuality. It seems borderline indecent.



Is it weird that I think about that? I am a freak, right?

Next time your honey gives you flowers or you give flowers to someone sweet, I think you should remember what they are; it makes it so much more suggestive, don't you think?

11 comments:

Danielle said...

I never really thought of flowers much that way. They are like women. Beautiful and attractive and want to reproduce :)

Abby said...

I think about that a lot because hanging in my living room is "The Flower Seller" by Diego Rivera. Very sexual.

Margaret said...

I love that you said that Georgia O'Keefe's work makes you blush... I had never been able to put my finger on it before!
Great post!

Kyle said...

"botano-erotic"

That makes me giggle like a little girl. Yes, I am 13 years old inside :)

Sara said...

Crazy! I was just at the MET in New York and I was explaining Georgia O'Keefe's paintings to my boyfriend. I don't think he got it, but in some it was quite obvious what she meant.

Maggie May said...

i have thought about it, and apparently we are BOTH freaks- so you are in GREAT company

;)

Ali said...

Hi Angie, You are quite the creative woman! What is new with you since the earthquake?
I think of you often with love, Ali

mrs.notouching said...

A bouquet of vaginas (or penises)... I will never be able to look at flowers the same way, ever again...thank you?

mosey said...

I've always loved how you think. Love Georgia O'keefe too.

Bex said...

I assume you're pretty busy planning your move; just thought I'd ask how everything's going. How are your people getting by in Chile? Have you postponed your leaving or is it still happening pretty soon? Hope you're well.

txtingmrdarcy said...

I promptly went home and lectured Army Boy about the lilies on our kitchen table. Sexy plants. ;)