Marisa Papen + Michael ChichiArtist Statement
With this work, I aim to restore our interpretation of the vagina by showing her in the light of high-fidelity and elegance. I wanted to show myself in full detail without any obscurity.
By showing myself entirely with ‘Flower of Life’, I touch upon our fascination for mystery and our soft spot for beauty. I undressed culture itself from its thick layers of propaganda so we can once again see our naked/natural truth. Look at this vagina, exposed in all its glory. Look at all its simultaneous complexity and simplicity.
The vagina, the Flower of Life, is a wonder of nature, a sacred symbol of creation. Universally shared, yet always uniquely expressed through a complex variety of form, pattern and palette.
Marisa Papen is an artist, activist and naturalist. She became internationally known for her controversial work involving religion, body freedom & censorship. Though her artivism she has been pushing boundaries, as much as societyʼs as her own. Her intention is to open a space for raw conversation where we zoom out on strongly held beliefs and zoom in on the core of our beings.
Michael Chichi is a designer, photographer, musician and curator of Synaptic Stimuli. His desire is to create artistic and emotional beauty, to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new, and to stretch beyond the ordinary in pursuit of purpose and meaning.