Sulphur Assimilation

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Date : 2020

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.” – D. H. Lawrence

A skull facing forward is shown as an huge bulb/corm of an underground plant – a geophyte, or simply “Earth Plant”. The term describes “a plant that shelter their resting bud in the soil when environmental conditions are not to their liking.“ The Bulb has an important function as energy storage organs during dormancy – We compare that image with the growing child in the lower side of the design.

Having said that, we could easily imagine a symbolic development from within as a plant grows in the underground, forming the bulb, waiting for the right moment to search the outside. We see similarities with this moment we were forced to wait in quarantine, maybe as an opportunity to rediscover dormant parts of ourselves in order to improve them.

Back to the skull – it has no morbid or sinful meaning, its shown as a structure of the new being -its foundations. Note that the bigger bulb almost reaches the outside. The frame all around the design defines an underground container which is about to be broken by the plant’s indomitable will.

The sulphur assimilation is a process where the roots of a plant extracts the sulfur from the soil and transform it into nutrients, essential for its growth and physiological functioning.

Symbolically speaking, and considering the alchemical analogy sulphur-soul; we are feeding our spiritual side trough physical experiences. The alchemical sulphur as soul sees some contrasting interpretation (for some) as sexual energy – we really like both versions and we believe they’re not far from being complementary; maybe in different levels or stages. 

”Still Life With Skull, Candlestick, Flute, Flowers”, Abraham van Stry, before 1826.
“Cyrtanthus elatus” (Jacq.) Traub, Robert Jacob Gordon, 1777 - 1786.

The funny fact about this design is that we find an earth-plant called “Montbretia ‘Lucifer’” – a beautiful plant with strong (sexual) red flowers as falling stars.

According to many religious sources the sulfur is an element of the Devil, and it is said that red is a lustful color.

We fantasized  the whole story of an angel-plant who absorbed an excess of sulfur and instead of being poisoned as it was told; it grew up for the outside (forbidden world) and bloomed red beautiful flowers. 

That sounds cool as a life goal; to be curious and fearless could lead us to intellectual/spiritual flourishing.

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