Flowers of the Field: Byakuren

“Byakuren” by Morena Tan.

36″ x 48″ Liquitex acrylic and iridescent gold paint on stretched canvas

Flowers of the Field is a series that explores the delicate beauty and quiet tenacity of flowers as a metaphor for women’s perseverance and fortitude through the adversities of everyday life.

Different flowers thrive in different terrains. Because of this the flowers you see outside your window are unique to the flowers that grow in the mountains, or near the sea, or even here where I am in the desert of Las Vegas.

Regardless of where you are the flowers that grow on your stretch of the Earth fight long and hard to flourish. Season after season they endure harsh conditions and weather- snow, heat, wind- to be reborn and blossom once more. Year after year they show up and open to share their gift to the world- gifts of beauty, fragrance, pollen, life. They are not defeated by the oncoming cycle of hardship and inevitable death. They accept their true nature with poise and grace. They rise and fall to rise again, as vibrant as ever.

Just like these flowers in the field, strong women come from all walks of life all over the world, and are all gorgeous in their own right. Gorgeous, inside and out. We overcome our struggles and embrace our truths to blossom into even bigger, even better versions of ourselves. Just as winter turns to spring, we know that all the infinite possibilities of the universe exist inside of us and that with every battle fought courageously comes an inevitable victory. We fall to better understand the value of standing on our own.

About ” Byakuren

Featuring muted iridescent gold women over bold stylistic washes of blue and red with accent layers of black, yellow, white, and orange, this 3 foot by 4 foot flagship piece evokes strength, independence, confidence, and clarity from chaos.

My interpretation of byakuren (white lotus flowers) lay heavy in the background of splatters and lines- rising up from the thickest, deepest mud to bloom most beautifully. Considered to the be “womb of the world,” the white lotus flower in Buddhism represents purity of mind and spiritual perfection, or Bodhi.

While lotus flowers are commonly represented with eight petals, these feature five- the repetition of that number being a positive connotation to the hamsa, which is the focus of my next two paintings in this series: “Eye of Fatima” and “Hand of Fatima.”


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