FLOWER OF LIFE
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. Marisa believes body freedom should be a basic human right. She expresses: “There is no such thing as sinful skin. Our naked bodies are always in humble integrity. There is divine poetry in our sexes”.
Flower of Life is an Earth Family initiative (www.earthfamily.io)
Creative Director and Model - Marisa Papen
Photographer - Michael Chichi
Flower Of Life is a vulnerable, empowering and important work of distinction.
We are offering it for sale exclusively as an NFT on foundation.app. In a world of fungibility, where everything is exchangeable and interchangeable, the Flower Of Life is truly non-fungible. There is only one of its kind, both as a work of art, and its subject matter. Singular, unique & magnificent.
It’s the first ever NFT of a vagina. This is a historic and a powerful statement on multiple levels. Firstly, the NFT movement is signaling a monumental change on how art is valued & sold. It’s also bringing up questions on the notion of ownership and access. In an era where artists and content creators often create work for nothing, only to have corporate platforms like facebook, Instagram etc, capitalize off their work, NFT’s and the blockchain, offer an alternative for artists to circumvent these platforms, and engage directly with those who wish to support them.
Secondly, the image of a vagina is pretty much non-existent in the art world. It’s often seen as too taboo, rather than the powerful muse that she is. How can something so exquisite and lovely be deemed too shameful to inspire great works of art?
NFT is the wave. The changing (art) world, the undercurrent. It is our hope that Flower Of Life can infuse this wave with depth, meaning and purpose. So its potency gets heightened, it could actually transform the current current.
Perceive Pure, Receive Pure
When we perceive, we conceive, we receive. The first time we encounter an object, idea or image, our intuitive self translates what we see. Our understanding is created innately through feeling — our reading is pure. Yet, far too often our perception comes loaded with stories, whether our own, or inherited by culture at large. When you view the ‘Flower Of Life’, view it free from judgement, free from history, free from language.
Opening the Legs of Culture
We rarely see vaginas in our current culture & media, and if we do see them, most likely it’s in the context of pornography. Having such a limited vulgarized relationship with our body is both disempowering and disingenuous. We deny the magic of our existence, and our sense of the sexual spiritual connection. If we want to tune into our higher selves, it’s vital to re-balance the link with our sacred parts. If we don’t establish a healthy relationship with our origin, how are we supposed to build healthy relationships on such unrooted foundation?
Spiral of Shame
For centuries our relationship to the vagina has been colored with guilt and embarrassment. Still to this day, women all over the world are told to hide and be ashamed of their bodies. Here comes the spiral… Shame starts to weaken us. Shame suppresses self love. Shame sneakingly shape-shifts into fear. Now our whole world has a smear of fear smudged on our experienced reality. To see clear through this lens of fear is almost impossible. The unclearer you see yourself, the more malleable you are, the easier you become victim to misunderstanding, possible violation and shame. And so we spiral ourselves down in The Spiral of Shame. We need to break this pattern before it breaks us.
Unlike the penis, the vagina is not in plain sight. If girls want to learn about their intimate parts, they need guiding curiosity. But we teach young girls that what’s between their legs is something to be shy about. Shame dims their innocent questing soul. And now a great amount of courage is required to be able to approach their own threshold. It’s important to re-awaken curiosity and free young girls from shame. Let’s teach them to be grateful for every part of their body. Let’s teach them the complex cycles of life. Let’s teach them truth.
Flower Of Life
I am a sinless seed
I am the seed of my Mothers apple
I am the seed of the seed of the seed of the seed
I am the seed of the original seed
Through her sacred flower
I gave birth to myself
I descended Mother
The light of Earth
I covered myself with the blood of Christ
Washed myself with the flow of life
I am veiled by nature
As a Fleur-de-Lis
I am given a gift
A shell of shielding soft skin
My fingers follow my truth
Touch upon my flesh
Profound pleasure when kissed
Behold, What a shame if missed
I do not deny myself
I am not a forbidden fruit
For the sake of sacredness
I open my leaves of unity
My Holy Fruit
This is Our Origin
This is Our Naked Truth