If You Were Sculpted of Flowers

Welcome to Women’s Nature Ways. We’re delighted you dropped by! For our first post, please enjoy some amazing art Stacey discovered of human organs sculpted from flowers, as well as a bit of fanciful imagining.

Lungs - by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project
Lungs – by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project
Uterus - art by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project
Uterus – art by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project

Artist Camila Carlow created a series of 13 images of human organs made from flowers and other plant material, of which those on this page are three. Read more about Camila Carlow and her Eye Heart Spleen project here.

In Women’s Nature Ways we celebrate the beauty and awesome mystery that exists within and around us — particularly by way of our own bodies, and of the plants. These images provide a lovely inner landscape for beginning that journey.

Leafy women (greenwomen) and women made of flowers are archetypes found in art and folklore. In a medieval Welsh tale, for example, the character Blodeuwedd is a woman made of oak, broom, and meadowsweet flowers.

Imagine that your lungs, heart, and uterus are made of flowers, berries, vines, seeds, leaves? Which plants are where inside you? Settle into that imagining.

Resting within your leafy, flower-filled self, what do you smell? What do you feel? Taste? Touch? Hear?  Cradle the notion that the plants and flowers in this imagining are both you and not you (but part of you). What might they have to communicate with you? Open your mind and heart. Receive whatever comes your way in the dreaming.

Heart - art by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project
Heart – art by Camila Carlow, Eye Heart Spleen project

… Then, with a thank you to your flowery, leafy self, come back to who you are in the here-and-now (or think you are!)

We each have lungs, a heart, a uterus. Perhaps our organs are not flower-and-leaf filled, but they are certainly nourished physically, in part, by plants.

What are your organs to you? Do you regard them as you, not-you, something else altogether, or not at all? What might they be communicating to you? Rest into the possibility that your organs  (as well as many other aspects of yourself) might be talking with you all the time. What might they be saying? And are those words/fancies/feelings different from before, when they were plant-sculpted lungs, heart, or uterus?

With a thank you to your organ-ic self (forgive the word play!), come back to your usual orientation of self.

Has anything shifted in your perception of you?

Share any of your thoughts and musings below!

Post by Jane Valencia