The vagina, the flower of life, is a wonder of nature, a sacred symbol of creation. Universally shared, yet always uniquely expressed through a complex variety of form, pattern and palette. Artist, activist and naturalist Marisa Papen shares her uncensored Flower of Life, counter-culturing our current community guidelines. With this evocative piece she furthers her quest to free ourselves from misconception and shame in the ongoing cultural war against the human body.
A calendar concept that aims for a healthy future for our planet. Topics vary from plastic in the ocean to the disappearance of wildlife on the African Savannahʼs. Each year the profit goes out to an organization that is active in the field of focus.
Apartheid ended 30 years ago but still feels alive today. A lot was achieved during those years, but a lot has been side-tracked as well... Resulting into a mass disillusion across all social classes. Instead of converging the people in the rainbow country, people actually continued to live APART and HIDE behind the high walls, rules and systems... Marisa takes a deep dive within the 2 major social structures and explores and lives their life for a few days.
Marisa founded the non-profit, Earth Family. A platform to open minds and hearts with art as a bridge, to free all beings, to stretch our circle of compassion, to re-establish our deep relationship with Earth, to normalize the body and to see our skin as a sacred container for our spiritual bodies.
Mainstream religion plays a major role in what we believe today. How has this shaped our culture? How does religion affect the relationship with our bodies? How do we live in this life if we are more concerned about the here-after? Has Religion brought humanity together or actually drove us apart? And what happened to Mother Earth during all this praying and praising?
Playboy was a pioneer in breaking boundaries and stigmas about the body in the 20th century. Marisa has been featured in 15 issues, of which 7 covers since 2016. Marisa quotes: “Before achieving change there has to be a conversation sparked, every goal scored has a lead up. Playboy played a key role in the process of freeing the body, that 70 years later is still ongoing.”