Gloriosa
Artwork/
Susi Rog

Gloriosa

2022

Info

Title: Gloriosa
Year: 2022
Size: 16” x 20”
Technique: Acrylic on Canvas

Experimenting with abstract expressionism, this painting depicts the conflict inside the Gloriosa Superba plant; be-tween the beauty and elegance of the flower, and the toxic substance inside it.
The Gloriosa flower is rare, luxurious, unique, and has an unusual bold and energetic look.
The petals of the most common Gloriosa are bright crimson with wavy yellow edges.
The distortion represents its intense and turbulent fight between the two distinct features, which are not necessarily opposites, and sometimes complement each other. The Gloriosa feels powerful, but does not want to cause harm. It does not want to kill birds!
The gold represents its luxury, but also represents its fire, which can be good or bad.
You can perceive this part of the Gloriosa plant with the movement of gold drips flying over the black fear, toward the brown earth.

The whole composition evokes the saying “Every rose has its thorn” Even the rose, beautiful and enticing, is not with-out its flaws, human nature-nobody is perfect.

This is a recycled painting made over a previously black and white abstract painting. The previously painted canvas added more texture to the artwork.

I used acrylic paint on a stretched canvas over a 0.6-inch wood frame.