Energy from flowers
In Germany, there are flower shops that are selling pretty flowers on every the square. Because of the german climate with rainy and cloudy mostly, and Germans love to decorate their homes and put flowers in vases to brighten up their homes and mood. I liked that vibe. The shops in the square gave me vitality during challenging life in Germany. Flowers strangely present us with comfort, joy, and excitement.
From that moment on, I have had a habit of buying flowers for myself. This habit was thanks to a realization that came to me one day.
One day, a Bible verse suddenly stood out to me.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).
It's such a famous phrase. But in an instant, I discovered what I was missing. It was the phrase "Like you love yourself." At one point, I realized that I wasn't taking good care of myself to love others. How I felt, how hard it was, how precious I was, and how helplessly I lived without defending myself in front of people who hurt me. It would be difficult for me to love others properly without loving myself sincerely.
At some point, I decided to buy myself a pretty flower as one of the minor practices. Once a week, I purchased a stunning bouquet in the plaza at the mart and put them in a vase.
One day, while I was buying flowers, my friend saw me and asked me. Where are you having a birthday party today? Then I answered. No, just for me. My friend was puzzled by my answer, but I think he probably understood me.
Flowers hold many symbols, meanings, and energy. That's why floral therapy exists. Some studies suggested flower arrangements or planting and caring for the elderly with dementia, and they significantly alleviated the symptoms. A floral therapy treatment room at a hospital in Korea published a study that showed that when dementia patients combine drug treatment with horticultural activities, their cognitive abilities such as memory and concentration improve compared to when they receive medication alone. said. So, it is well known that this horticultural act of caring for, looking at, and planting flowers is actually very effective in preventing dementia.
Thinking of the therapeutic energy that these flowers give, I started digitizing these flowers, starting with the tulips I worked on before.
Tulip series, 2021, Myungja Anna Koh
Below is about single flower.
Unusually, when I take flowers one by one and express them in single mode, I find that the energy that flowers give is not just beauty and joy. I feel that each individual flower is expressing its own energy by pushing it out from the object. Working in single mode is always fun because I can discover the energy of flowers in this way.
Myungja Anna Koh