Camille Dela Rosa, Visual Artist
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
 
The Virgin of the Rose
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
     
 

The objective of the painting has put up a challenge the artist's skill in doing oil renditions of the human body parts. The result is remarkable but it might also have immersed her in an unstoppable passion to create so many symbols. However, I respect the innate ability of a mature artist to rationalize every element he/she introduces on the canvas. In that case, there are never too many elements for there is always a way to unite them and lead them to their logical conclusion. A logically finished painting does not necessarily put across a message conforming to the real intention of the artist but it gives the viewer a point where to gather the pieces and define their interrelationships to come up with a coherent meaning in the painting.

I was temporarily lost in so many details in the painting but I managed to perceive an idea just by looking at the periphery of the largest image that appears to be that of a male figure. I could not be mistaken that there are two legs signifying a woman bending forward to the man. If a woman bends forward naked, it is "bottoms up" for the center of her femininity and her rose comes in full bloom. Your penchant for botanical and anatomical presentations resulted in an image of the flower of the woman, magnified and cross sectioned, to show all powers connected to womanhood- foremost is the power to bear offspring. But what is most conspicuous is another image of a woman- a full, naked, young feminine body, lying in the center. It has confused everything for a while, knowing in principle that no two symbols in any work of art must oppose each other. My only way to resolve this is to interpret it as the very nerve center of feminine sensation-the clitoris, most probably untouched, as suggested by the title of the painting. It can be a decisive point of fall or of chastity, depending on issues regarding legitimate sex and moral standard. Another possibility, which I'm less comfortable with, is that, it is the image of a woman who has sprung up from hibernation from the womb below, ready to test the perils of puberty and encounters with the opposite sex.

by Adi Baen Santos

 

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The message of the painting is being a woman in a macho society is not that easy. You are being mechanized; your movement, thoughts and personality are being suppressed by the norms of the society.

You needed to dress like this, to talk like this, and think like this. Thus the "wild" side of a woman likes what Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Jungian analyst wants to say, had been, for a long time, buried; the sacred ground of where the spirit of true femininity can freely offer itself to the True Self had been bulldozed and bastardized; and the nurturing nature of woman had been replaced by synthetic, whore-like emotions.

The gall bladder, at the left side of the painting, depicts this bitter reality. The central image which is like being sacrificed to the mechanical, brain-faced and honeycomb haired God, reinforces the observation of this reality, women are being controlled, not to make them better persons and have been treated as objects and subjects of desire.

The women are also burdened by different crises of life: economic, political, and even moral. They are burdened by work, as the resources are scarce.

They are burdened by pregnancy, birth and child-rearing. It is the woman being blamed for a delinquent child.

They are burdened by personal crisis: emotional and psychological, sometimes. As coping mechanism, some of the women tend to "free" themselves by being sexually liberated, therefore falling into the pit of falsehood that the only freedom of the woman can get is just the freedom to express her self through copulation or sexual intercourse.

However, these crises can also be treated as opportunities for a woman to grow emotionally, psychically, physically and spiritually-the symbol of the rose and the child, being conceived inside a heart, underneath the central image of the painting.

But how can they translate it as an opportunity is for them to meditate and listen to the Voice inside of them.

Nevertheless, one must toil and work hard to be able to recognize this Voice as this is being engulfed by the noise of this world of ours.

Moreover, there is a need also for the women to recognize their role to the society, not only as keepers of the home and the helpers of the man, but also the keepers of the balance of this "universe."

As the woman has the power to give life, it is also her role to keep this world alive by participating actively in the development of the society, for the good of all mankind.

by Noel Sales Barcelona

 


 
     
     
 
     
 
 
 
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