Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Garden of Talking Flowers

The talking flowers are cross-grained and dictatorial, they were in fact intended to satirize the flowers in Tennyson's poem "Maude" who were waiting longingly for an evocation of feminine grace, as opposed to the crazed red queen these flowers anticipate.

25 comments:

jude said...

i hope someday you can animate these.

Tom said...

no, they are trifids! run!

Francisco Martins said...

Soo cool!! :D

Fresca said...

"Come into the garden, Maude,
For that black bat, night, has flown..."

I always thought that poem was ripe for ridicule--had no idea it had been done!

martinealison said...

So cute and good idea to celebrate the spring... I would like to find them in my garden...
Kindest regards.

Celeste Bergin said...

oh the Alices in the daffodils! a brilliant touch, Artspark.

ger said...

... so she isn´t suspicious without a reason - a brave AND clever girl...

Fresca said...

P.S. Tom's comment, FTW:
Triffids!

ArtSparker said...

Tom & Fresca- It is an Ur book, Alice - Maybe John Wyndham got an inkling of triffids from it.

California Girl said...

I don't know about Triffids but I do know I loved the song, "All On A Golden Afternoon" from the Walt Disney animated version. The more I read about Alice in your series the more I learn. In college I read a bit of what I would call fantasy literature including "Lilith" by Geo MacDonald a contemporary and, as I recall, close friend of Carroll's. Back then, the controversy still raged as to whether or not Carroll was a drug addict, pedophile, etc. I honestly didn't care as I loved the stories so.

Nice to read the many observations on this series you're doing Susan.

ArtSparker said...

CG - George Mac Donald is a writer I like very much, so much of who he is is reflected in his writing. I am of the belief that Carroll substituted any and all of his drives into his impressive body of work, which included the development of symbolic logic in mathematics.

California Girl said...

I'm still online (computer issues) and just saw your response which I consider to be a sound and thoughtful one. I'm tired of all the creative types having to be weird in some way...it gets old and I don't even think it's true although I bought into it when I was young. I really believed my life had to have tragedy or alcoholism or drugs to infuse my writing. All the drinking & drugs did was impair it. duh.

ArtSparker said...

CG - A few years ago I started really getting why people liked Monet's waterlilies. I'm not going to hang a print of one of them in my house, but at a certain point I think you have to give up focusing on the unpleasant, it is a clinging to childhood. I still like odd stuff, just the dark less...it's a clinging.

femminismo said...

Brilliant idea to put faces on real flowers. So many adventures this Alice is having.

California Girl said...

That's a good way of putting it, "giving up the unpleasant". Easier to do in art than politics, right? You are certainly well-read and I enjoy your POV. New Englanders are becoming more and more liberal but I miss the open-ended embrace of the west coast.

Anja said...

talking flowers... I would love to hear their stories...

Cobalt Violet said...

I swear Susan, every time I come here I feel like another little door opens in my brain ... a bit more circulation in the attic of my inspiration ... thank you once again! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

Eva said...

Say it with flowers. We put it even closer to this metaphore: "Let flowers speak".

Titus said...

Whoa! That is a disturbing image. I'm with the Wyndamites.

Clowncar said...

We got the cards this weekend. Thank you so much! I have selfishly decided to keep them for myself, rather than farm them out to the girls. Besides, they make pretty good cards from scratch - don't need any help from adults.

Needle Woven Studio said...

I went to see the movie today - when the animated flowers appeared on the screen I immediately flashed to this beautiful illustration of yours ... fascinating about the poem.

JRonson said...

It's good to see someone who renew alice in wonderland, and do it very well :) i love it

rosedale's 4head said...

this is fascinating - i'm digging the whole connection: art, nature, literature. honestly, it doesn't cross-section better than this - you've managed to link and thread it all - it seems innate.

get zapped said...

this made me chuckle, gotta love the smiling daffs.

subby said...

"Where was Maude? in our wood;
And I(who else?)was with her,
Gathering woodland lillies,
Myriads blow together."

pt.XII v.II

Great refernce :)