Botanic Mind Garden

A Payne In The Arse

There are photographs which hunt us through the years. One of them is the portrait of Lewis Payne (or Powell), taken by Alexander Gardner in 1865, which inspired my collage against death penalty. Payne was involved in the Lincoln conspiracy and attempted to assassinate U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward on April 14, 1865. For that he was sentenced to death by hanging. We deeply detest his deeds, but we also detest the fact he died (aged 21) on July 7, 1865 after he struggled for nearly five minutes at the gallows.

Today’s horrible fact: This seems a short time considering executions gone wrong in the U.S. over 150 years later. In Arkansas criminals were killed in a rush before the State’s death drugs expired… Some of the convicted suffered terrible pain. The beautiful face of national justice has a rotten and vindictive side.

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BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZER:
Roland Barthes’ »Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography«. Barthes captioned the photograph of Lewis Payne: »He is dead and he is going to die«. What makes this photograph special, its punctum, is the future death by hanging of its subject. In this sense this punctum is relevant to all photographs showing a future death and trauma.  Its unique feature is that it relates both to the future (what is going to happen next) and to what has happened (as information that is brought in by the viewer).

Replant your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.

 

The Head

Let’s inspect the mind of the current U.S. Head of State. It’s your choice to agree or disagree with my impression.

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BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZER:
Donald John Trump, lout, businessman, television personality and the 45th President of the United States. In exactly this sequence.

Dig over your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.

 

Crotch Blossom

Would you call a flower ugly, just because its petals are bigger than the petals of other flowers? It may be a question of fondness. Some like roses, others prefer clitoria. (Yes, that’s also a real flowers genus.) But you can hardly say, that one of them is ugly. Isn’t everyone happy to receive a flower as a gift of real love, even though it may not be the favorite looking one?

Of course a vagina is not a flower, although their appearances are similarly varied. Is that a bad thing? No? Why then all this fuss about labia?

In developed countries labia »correction« by puffing or cutting is a beauty trend. In some African countries little girls suffer genital mutilation, because it’s a traditional practice. Misogyny is a global problem and it has many faces. What are the reasons? Who’s afraid of an unmodified vagina? Are these questions just appropriate for feminists to ask?

I think, it is time to set the razor blade on our ways of thinking and no longer between women’s legs…

CrotchBlossom_BotanicMind

BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZERS:
The Somalian model, author and social activist against female genital mutilation (FGM) Waris Dirie. She suffered genital mutilation when she was three years old. In her book, »Desert Flower«, she tells her autobiographical story.

The American sex toy entrepreneur Brian Sloan. Originator and host of the world’s first vaginal beauty contest. It’s up to you to judge…

I hope you will discuss this collage.
Flower out your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.

 

Propaganda

This first collage starts the Botanic Mind project. It is my artistic reaction to propaganda which affects us today even more than we consciously perceive. I leave it up to you to analyse and interpret this illustration. Hopefully it makes you raise some inner questions…

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BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZER:
The artwork was inspired by the book »Propaganda« (1928) written by Sigmund Freud’s nephew Edward L. Bernays, father of Public Relations. The book explores the psychology behind manipulating masses and the ability to use symbolic action and propaganda to influence all areas of our society.

Grow your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.