Pop Art Flowers

Pop Art Flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers

Flowers 1964-1970

Andy Warhol 1928-1987

screenprints

Museum of Modern Art

When I was in high school I dropped biology for an independent study in the art of the ’60s. My guidance counselor didn’t think it was a good idea, but none the less I persisted and was allowed to take the class. As I take this journey of masterpiece recreation I had to make a stop at Warhols Flowers, they not only so perfectly represent the spirit of the ’60s but also really resonates with me as a person. At first glance, his flowers seem bright and light-hearted but there is a darker grittiness just below the surface. 

If you are unfamiliar with making paper flowers you might not notice how different the paper I use in my kits are. Traditionally paper flowers are made out of crepe paper or tissue paper. While these papers do make amazing flowers I have never been satisfied with how flat the colors seem. When tackling such a masterpiece a single color would have never worked. It needs those colors, it needs those offset printing patterns. The paper in this kit allows all of those details so that they not only represent an hibiscus but evoke the Pop Art movement.

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