I cannot explain why I love flowers, especially roses with their wide range of colours and not to mention their endearing fragrances. Beauty has always been the motivating factor for me to paint; to preserve and share it on canvas. Current trend in art world when most artists dealt on big issues like eco and social awareness, I cannot help but question myself, what can I contribute with my paintings? Well, I have yet to receive an answer but I will continue painting what I sincerely want to express and share.
The Perfoliated Rose
The phenomenon of flower perfoliation is now called proliferation. It is a deformity, whereby the stem continues to grow through the open flower, usually centrally but occasionally to one side.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was the first to endeavour to understand the various ways in which plants adapt their structure to their surroundings. In 1796 he coined the phrase “morphology”, which is still used today in the same sense. He focused his attention primarily on the form of the plant parts and the changes they underwent. For Goethe’s theory concerning the metamorphosis of plants, perfoliation was an especially important piece of evidence. In his 1790 book, Metamorphosis of Plant, he devoted a whole chapter to the perfoliated rose.
(Extracted from The Roses by Pierre –Joseph Redoute published by Taschen)
This rose painted (below) is not a perfoliated rose but rather a withering rose that has metamorphosed via perception.
Roses belong to Rosaceae family, similar to apples, cherries, strawberries, peaches and plums. They are one of the oldest flowers known to man and have played different roles in history culture in many parts of the world associated with love, beauty and even war.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature – Gerard De Nerval
Since the Ancient Greek and Roman times, people have tried to capture the scent of rose flowers in a usable form. Perfumed ointments were produced by extracting the oils and fats from the rose petals. However, it was not possible to isolate the pure essential oil until the Arabs had invented steam distillation. Bulgarian rose oil is used not only in pharmacology and medicine, but also in the perfume and cosmetics industries.
A painting by J Bruegel the elder, The Allegory of Scent illustrated how roses were used. It depicts a garden with flowering plants and rose pickers with a laboratory complete with distilling equipment to produce rose water as a medicine.