Ah, the mesmerizing power of the essence of the woman’s body depicted in an artful image. So very sexual and yet so sensible, so innocent and yet so enticing. Citing all living things, perhaps there is not one subject that comes close to the complexity and the deepness exhibited by a deliciously pictured image of a woman’s body. Her most intimate parts consummate her womanhood and in turn her entire existence to a degree that the inarticulate mind could never possibly understand.
The piece shows the torso of woman with a rose playfully covering her left nipple with an assortment of flowers shielding the insides of her thighs from view. Aesthetically speaking, the work conveys seduction in its simplest form, and yet this piece influences an artistic manner, with several underlying messages to be deciphered.
With keen and masterful analysis, the woman’s two intimate parts symbolize not only the woman herself but her inner being that are often overlooked and taken for granted. History, unarguably, has been and still is witness to the repression, misuse and exploitation of women. Speaking in an inartistic manner, the rose and the flowers in a way juices up the viewer’s sexual desire for the woman’s body, as it only escalates the excitement, the tension and the anticipation of just removing those covers and delighting the male libido with the most heavenly of sights -- woman’s most private parts, fantasized since childhood. But if art, literary excellence, sensibility and profoundness are to be converged in just a single glimpse at this vision, the rose covering her left bosom represents the innate loving heart of a woman, the heart that is concealed by the breast that is lusted and fantasized by men, men who possess the ability to either guard or hurt her delicate heart. However, that is not all that is told, for as can be seen, even more flowers cover her lower and most delicate part, the center of her womanhood. It is not only subject to lust and sexual desire, but to even greater things. It is as if the woman tells the viewer, “I implore you, the petals and flowers are keys to my heart, and after you have conquered my heart, then you are free to explore my physique. Love me first, before you lust for me.”
Indeed, beneath the powerful pull of a woman’s sexuality lies the pleading and the craving for all things beyond physical.
© Robert WK Clark