Hibiscus

Still life of a hibiscus bloom on a Portuguese floral shawl that Andi acquired on her travels.  Portuguese women wear these traditional shawls during village celebrations, like Provincetown’s annual Blessing of the Fleet.  The hibiscus is so popular that over 200 hybrid species now exist all over the world.  Dating back to the Victorian era, in the U.S., the hibiscus symbolizes delicate beauty.   In China, the hibiscus symbolizes the fleeting beauty of fame or personal glory because its flowers have short lives. It is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali, the state flower of Hawaii, a national symbol of South Korea and Haiti, and the national flower of Malaysia.   In this work, Andi captures the delicate beauty of the both the bloom and the shawl.  

   

10 x 10

Oil on Linen

Copyright © Andrea Sawyer and Theresa Moehlman

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