Bulaklak by Angela Pascual

A painting analysis by Vittoria Angela M. Lacson and Maureen Grace A. Vallejos (From our memorable ENG41 class last Summer of 2014. Thank you Professor Cathelyn Caina-Adajar)

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Bulaklak by Angela Pascual symbolizes womanhood. Looking from afar, one can see an ordinary flower but up close, it is divided into two sections – the petal and the organ. Firstly, the top section of the flower, the “petal”, represents the beauty and femininity of women, as flowers are often associated with them. Also, the shape of the drawing can be distinguished as a kind of orchid, due to the number of petals and the color, which is often white with scattered colors. Secondly, the bottom part of the flower is similar to the female reproductive organ. The two ladies represent the fallopian tubes, their long hairs connecting to the ovaries. Also, one of the ladies is pregnant, which symbolizes fertility, the ability for one to conceive, and eventual motherhood. We then look at the uterus and notice that the red color flowing out towards the narrow lining and onto their feet. This symbolizes menstruation, where the thick linings of our uterus are shed for space for the eggs to ovulate. When a young girl menstruates for the first time, it means that she has “come of age”, or that the young girl has blossomed into a beautiful flower.

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