Sunday, July 26, 2009

Les Fleur du Mal

Charles Baudelaire was NOT one of those people who overlooked the wicked and sinister nature of flowers. Now if we were to write a book of poetry (HA!) we would definitely desire it to be titled THE FLOWERS OF EVIL, and since that is already taken you can just forget about the whole thing. The only true poet is Fenriz anyways…might we suggest “A Blaze in the Northern Sky” or perhaps “Under a Funeral Moon”? You do not earn the title of being Satan’s Poet for nothing, dear ones…

Now we will be the first to admit to being somewhat cynical but the other day we stumbled (literally) across a copy of Caroline Roehm’s “A Passion for Flowers”. (Ms. Roehm is a perfect example of someone who: 1) will NEVER be named Satan’s Poet, Handmaiden or helper of any kind and 2) considers flowers to be completely innocent of any crimes or misdemeanors.) We are not sure how we actually acquired this book (!) for it surely DOES NOT belong here. The only passion it induced was to throw the smarmy, goody two shoes (loafers, perhaps?) book across the room. Nothing gets on our nerves quicker than someone blathering on and on about happiness and light, not to mention filling white vases full of white flowers and placing them on a white tablecloth against a white wall…(oh, the horror…the horror…)

Now in all seriousness (because first and foremost this blog is about seriousness) we enjoy a lovely floral arrangement as much as the next person, although ours are a touch more sinister. We tend to like spooky bunches of dead twigs and twisted branches so that we can feel the dreary chill of fall in the air all year round. Over time these evil bouquets morph into a deranged botanist’s dream. Moons and stars stud the higher blanches, illuminating an entanglement of tendrils while gilded leaves glimmer amid blackened berries. One must keep a keen eye on these haunted bundles of decay for they tend to become overgrown, blocking doorways and sneaking up upon the unsuspecting with malicious intent.

A proper vessel for your decrepit arrangements is essential. Porcelain vases in joyful, sunny colors must be avoided at all costs. (Now if you insist on using a container because it was your Aunt so and so’s favorite, it must be paired with a human skull or an obscene statue of Pan.) Dreary glazes in shades of mud, coal and dried blood are just such more appealing. Brass is especially lovely as long as it is tarnished, corroded and pitted beyond recognition. (Note: any and all polishing of brass, copper and most silver will is a severely punishable offence here at Chintz of Darkness…) Wooden casks and crude baskets workable as well as long as they look as if they have been buried underground or spent several months lost at sea…
Now we hope we have inspired you, dear readers, to create some floral mischief of your own…

This night of late October
The darkside open its gate
Morbid souls wait for me
For satanic conspiracy

Flowers of doom
Rising in bloom
You will see
Our immortality!

(“Under A Funeral Moon” by Darkthrone)


Christine said...

Hm, being big fan of unpolluted LUSHNESS, being lover of both pastel roses and Gothic imagery, I must say roses, especially red variety, can be very Gothic flower. So pure, so lush, so gorgeous... and so capable of drawing blood.

Francois Camille said...

A bunch of red amaryllis ( a poisonous flower) would be perfect

Seraph + Splendor said...

Great suggestions...the more poisonous and bloodthirsty the better...

Carla said...

Love the flower imagery! I love your blog....please feature more of your beautiful artwork! I am also creating some collage/assemblage/jewelry pieces, although in a totally different vein (not sure what vein it is yet). Don't even really know what to call it.....I just make it. Flowers are such a metaphor for life, don't you think? The bloom is fading from this rose, but there is still beauty in the curling petals.......

Petra Voegtle said...

Seraph + Splendor,
oh my - brilliant post again - what a bath of exuberant odeurs and the secrets of the foul - LOL.

You MUST love the post I wrote a while ago on my other blog "In Terms of Colour" (formerly blooms and blossoms) - photos from decaying Magnolia and a bluebottle fly:

Decaying Magnolia are somehow extremely fascinating and would fit perfectly into your set of photos. I dare not imagine what you both would do with such a backdrop.....?

Seraph + Splendor said...

Hi Carla,

Thanks so much for your kind words regarding our artwork! Yes, we have been working on some new pieces (our infernal menagerie keeps growing!) and will post some pictures soon.

Withered rose petals are so lovely...many boxes and tins are filled with them around here!


allya said...

amazing, amazing..
best regards!

Surreal Orchidée said...

Thank you for posting this. love Les Fleurs du Mal; I didn't even know these existed...They are truly beautiful...Sublime!!
Always stunning!

Seraph + Splendor said...

...thank you so much! Les Fleurs du Mal is always a great inspiration..

Anonymous said...

say it with flowers give her a triffid,
what an amusing blog my dear, but whats up with that last photo/painting, her breast looks positively deformed!

anyway thanks for the jollies

Seraph + Splendor said...

...hee! Perhaps the room was cold???

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