Pitcher plant penis
They're kinda like the nerdy plants of the plant world. Welcome to the world of carnivorous plants. Nepenthes aka. I hope to share a whole lot about these guys in the future. But today, let's educate you a thing or two about the relationship some people have with these phallic species that I find to be a beautiful plant to display for the world to see.
My figure type: My body type is plump
Provenance NT. This small painting links the flower paintings of the early-mid s with the more overtly surrealist works that were to come. Two pencil sketches and the cartoon are known.
Whilst the image is unquestionably a double image of male genitals, the penis is a wasp and the tentacles a pair of hanging fruit, most probably pears. Step back, however, and we realize that we have been examining male genitalia as glimpsed through shadowy under-growth the left testicle hanging lower than the right, as is anatomically correct.
The reason why they cannot escape, but are fated to drown in a pool of digestive juices, is that the passage of the pitcher is lined with downward-pointing hairs which prevent withdrawal.
A whole new layer of interpretation suggests itself: rather than the symbolism of the voracious container as a body double for the penis, future readings of the painting must now focus upon the symbolism of the stinging insect. Oil on canvas.
It is also a work that plays with the opposites of the container and the contained; of female and male. Conjunctio oppositorum has been achieved, but male sexual fears, of the female genitalia, are here turned onto themselves: this is the penis which devours itself, a phallus dentata.
All texts copyright Richard Shillitoe. Update The interpretation offered above is very plausible — but, sadly, it is also wrong.
Pitcher plants are carnivorous, capturing flies and insects which crawl into the pitcher and are unable to escape. Stand close to the painting and the pitcher plant with a flanking pair of corms is clearly visible.
This is a very personal view of the Green Man, the male vegetation deity. Anatomically, the vagina is the container and the penis is the contained.
Botanically, the pitcher is a container but here it forms the phallus.