With their striking colours and clearly defined textures, Araki's close-ups of flowers seduce to touch them. For him, flowers are symbols of the feminine, the lizards – Jamorinksys – which are placed on them represent the masculine. In Araki's symbolism, however, Eros rarely exists without Thanatos: the condition of the dried reptiles and the more or less advanced wilting of the flowers refer to the ephemerality of all sensual pleasures.
Image dimensions 60,9 x 76,2 cm (60,9 x 76,2 inch)
Object dimensions 75,8 x 89,8 cm (75,8 x 89,8 inch)
Mounting, Framing Black wooden frame 79,5 x 93,5 cm
Signed by the artist in pencil on the reverse
PHOTO ART / Photos / Farbfotografie / Botanik / Stillleben /