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Plant processes in the female body. Symbologies of material behavior through art. (2016)

TESIS: (Thesis)

Title: Vegetal processes in the female body. Symbologies of material behavior through art. (2016)

  • Author(s): Valérie Stephaníe de la Dehesa Barbé.
  • Director(s): Javier Mañero Rodicio, Atxu Amann Alcocer, Pablo de Arriba del Amo.
  • Summary: Plant processes in the female body. Symbology of matter through art is a study on the relationship of the plant process to female identity, as a metaphor for material and spiritual transformation through symbology in art. Based on the symbology of the tree of knowledge linked to the figure of Eve, the text triggers a series of questions about the plant-female relationship. A clear line of feminine archetypes linked to the plant appears through the history of mythologies, religions and cultures, and in their multiple syncretic processes to this day. With this in mind, the study is articulated around the female elemental characters that incite transformation through birth, expulsion, nutrition, containment, healing, protection and death. These characters are found in each and every one of the plant goddesses that accompany transformation, which are linked through the journey to death, and which are applied as a spiritual process of matter through plant processes in nature, always represented by these feminine deities. The symbology of the matter that is transformed, as a spiritual manifestation, is applied in an ancestral way to the paradigmatic figure of the tree-woman, which is then customized into goddesses, virgins and saints, using a particular language in its representation and specifying its symbolic roles. The research focuses on the cyclical mechanism of nature, through certain interconnected representations – the woman-seed, the woman-tree, the sycamore woman, the woman- palm, the woman-flower, the woman-fruit and the woman-root, who vertebrate the female plant relationship symbolized in contemporary artists.

    Through the images of these plant goddesses, of the objects and symbols with which they manifest themselves, we observe the underlying origin in the visual and procedural language of the works of concrete artists, creating a new look rooted in the goddess-ancestral tree.

    The thesis develops the natural cyclic mechanism cited above through the different phases of tree-woman plant growth as a vital process. Starting with the Seed Woman, where a rereading of the goddesses of cereals is made, the relationship of the woman with agriculture and container objects. In relation to the seed and its culture are then proposed the Woman of the Sycomoro and the Palm Woman through the female tree deities, with certain tasks of nutrition and accompaniment in the journey to the underworld. The Flower Woman is the natural continuation of the plant cycle, in it is proposed the sublimation and change of material state through all symbology as a metaphor of the ascension of the soul, which inevitably converges in the successive figure, The Fruit Woman where it is addressed everything related to the incarnation and the characters who manipulate the fruit as Eve. Finally, in compliance, but also a reboot, is the figure of the Root Woman where the deities and mythological characters that operate in the depths of the earth between the roots, as a metaphor for death are presented. In all parts of the consigned cycle, contemporary works are integrated into an iconographic and immediate discursive dialogue with the mythical figures cited; a conversation that is ultimately the purpose of the text.

  • Keywords: Women in art, femininity in art, flowers in art.
  • Abstract: Vegetal processes in the female body. Symbology of matter through art is a study on the relationship of the vegetable process to the feminine identity, as a metaphor of the material and spiritual transformation through symbolism in art. Starting from the symbolism of the tree of knowledge linked to the figure of Eve, the text triggers a series of questions about the vegetable-feminine relationship. A clear line of feminine archetypes linked to the vegetable appears through the history of mythologies, religions and cultures, and in its multiple syncretic processes to this day. Taking this into account, the study is articulated around the feminine elementary characters that incite transformation through birth, expulsion, nutrition, containment, healing, protection and death. These characters are found in each and every one of the vegetable goddesses that accompany the transformation, which are linked through the journey to death, and which are applied as a spiritual process of matter through the plant processes in nature. , always represented by these female deities. The symbology of the material that is transformed, as a spiritual manifestation, is applied in an ancestral way to the paradigmatic figure of the tree-woman, which is then personalized in goddesses, virgins and saints, using a specific language in its representation and specifying its symbolic roles . The research focuses on the cyclic mechanism of nature, through certain interconnected representations – the seed-woman, the tree-woman, the sycamore-woman, the palm-woman, the flower-woman, the woman-fruit and the woman-root, that vertebran the vegetable feminine relation relationd in contemporary artists.

    Through the images of these vegetable goddesses, the objects and symbols with which they are manifested, we observe the underlying origin in the visual and procedural language of the works of concrete artists, creating a new looked in the ancestral goddess-tree .

    The thesis develops the aforementioned natural cyclic mechanism through the different phases of plant growth of the tree-woman as a life process. Beginning with the Seed Woman, where a rereading of the goddesses of cereals is made, the relationship of women with agriculture and container objects. In relation to the seed and its culture, the Woman of the Sycamore and the Palm Tree Woman are proposed through the female tree deities, with determined tasks of nutrition and accompaniment in the trip to the underworld. The Flower Woman is the natural continuation of the vegetable cycle, in which the sublimation and change of material state through all symbolism as a metaphor of the ascension of the soul, which converges inevitably in the successive figure, where the Fruit Woman, where everything is approached everything related to the incarnation and the characters that manipulate the fruit like Eva. Finally, giving fulfillment, but also restart, to the life cycle, the figure of the Root Woman is treated, where the deities and mythological characters that operate in the depths of the earth between the roots are presented, as a metaphor of death. In all parts of the consigned cycle, contemporary works are integrated into an immediate iconographic and discursive dialogue with the mythical figures mentioned; a conversation that is, in short, the objective of the text.

  • Key words: Women in art, feminity in art, flowers in art.
  • Link: https://eprints.ucm.es/39102/

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