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Flower of Life

non-fungible vagina


Creative Direction and Model — Marisa Papen

Photography — Michael Chichi

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“There is no such thing as sinful skin. Our naked bodies are always in humble integrity. There is divine poetry in our sexes”.

The vagina — the Flower of Life, is a wonder of nature, a sacred symbol of creation, universally shared, yet always uniquely expressed through a complex variety of form, pattern and palette.

Marisa shares her uncensored Flower of Life as an NFT, counter-culturing current community standards. With this work, she aims to restore our interpretation of the vagina by showing her in the light of high-fidelity and elegance. To show herself in full detail without any obscurity.  

FLOWER OF LIFE touches upon our fascination for mystery and our soft spot for beauty. It undresses culture from its thick layers of propaganda so we can once again see our naked/natural truth. 

Let's free ourselves from misconception and shame in the ongoing cultural war against the human body. Body freedom should be a basic human right.

“Look at this vagina, exposed in all its glory. Look at all its simultaneous complexity and simplicity.”

Non-Fungible Vagina

Flower of Life is the first ever NFT of a vagina — it is vulnerable and empowering.

In April 2021, we offered it for sale exclusively as an NFT on Foundation. In a world full of fungibility, where everything appears to be exchangeable and interchangeable, Flower of Life is truly non-fungible. There is only one of its kind, both as a work of art, and its subject matter.

It is our hope that Flower of Life can infuse the space of NFT’s with depth, meaning and purpose.

For more on the NFT,
www.foundation.app/@marisapapen

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Perceive pure, Receive pure

When we perceive, we conceive, we receive. The first time we encounter an object, idea or image, our intuitive self translates what we see. Our understanding is created innately through feeling — our reading is pure. Yet, far too often our perception comes loaded with stories, whether our own, or inherited by culture at large. As you view the ‘Flower of Life’, view it free from judgement, free from history, free from language.

Opening the Legs of Culture

We rarely see vaginas in our current culture & media, and if we do, most likely it’s in the context of pornography. Having such a limited vulgarized relationship with the vagina is both disempowering and disingenuous. Seeing women and their sexuality this way deprives us from experiencing the magic of womanhood. To open the legs of culture is to open ourselves once again to the divine feminine and the spiritual genesis we are.

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Spiral of Shame

For centuries our relationship to our bodies has been colored with guilt and embarrassment. Still to this day, all over the world people are told to hide and be ashamed of their bodies, their genitals being the epicenter. Shame weakens us, it suppresses self love and eventually shape-shifts into fear. This false idea of innate impurity causes us to feel trapped in our own bodies. It is in our hands to break the spiral of shame so we can tell ourselves a new story that embraces instead of condemns.

Teach Truth

Unlike the penis, the vagina is not in plain sight. If girls want to learn about their intimate parts, they need guiding curiosity. But we teach young girls that what’s between their legs is something to be shy about. Shame dims their innocent questing soul and now a great amount of courage is required to approach their own threshold. Let’s teach children to be grateful for every part of their body. Let’s teach them the complex cycles of life. Let’s teach them truth.

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“But this—this vagina, this image, this “Flower of Life”— is up to something else that belies, that refuses, ready reduction to familiarity and the already known. The way it stands towards us, its comportment, is simultaneously confrontational and deadpan, in our face and utterly serene. It won’t let us place it on familiar territory. It’s not sexual or pornographic; it’s not medical; it’s not a rebellious flouting of convention; it’s not a poster for “pussy power.” No, this “Flower of Life” is up to something else.”

— Daniel Coffeen, PhD (Rhetoric)
A wonderful commentary and reading of our image, entitled, ‘Behold This Non-Fungible Vagina (NFV), or The Multiple Event of Emergent Particularity in the Digital Age’   
Read the essay on Medium 

Flower of Life


I am a sinless seed
I am the seed of my mothers apple
I am the seed of the seed of the seed of the seed
I am the seed of the original seed

through her sacred flower
I gave birth to myself
I descended mother
to witness
the light of earth
I covered myself with the blood of christ  
washed myself with the flow of life

I am veiled by nature
as a fleur-de-lis
I am given a gift
a shell of shielding soft skin
my fingers follow my truth
touch upon my flesh
profound pleasure when kissed
behold,
what a shame if missed

I do not deny myself
I am not a forbidden fruit
for the sake of sacredness
I open my leaves of unity

bloom,
my holy fruit

this is our origin
this is our naked truth

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Illustration by Phillipe Stella

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