In 2019 California-based artist, Tiffanie Turner, held a solo exhibition entitled ‘What Befell Us’ which explored the notion of aging, imperfection and perishability. Using Italian crepe paper she created massive blossoms, many spanning more than 1 1/2 meters across.
In this recent work she looked past the perfect bloom and investigated the concept of flaws and damage.
Taking a closer look at the pieces shows the clever use of paper to indicate the slowly wilting and discolouring petals and centres.
She individually cuts thousands of segments of paper to piece together her works, which can take up to 400 hours to complete by hand.
Click here to read an interview with Tiffanie where she discusses not only how she became a paper artist but also what drives and influences her practice. She also covers the unpleasant subject of having to cope with her work being copied and distributed without acknowledgement.
Her artist statement reads (in part):
My sculptures depict the appearance of different plants, mostly the heads of flowers, to some degree of accuracy, in paper, using both realism and preternaturally large, sometimes metastasized forms. Through my works in paper I study scale, texture (petals sometimes reading like feathers, or fur) and color. Each piece can take between 250-400 hours to complete. I work with the rhythms and patterns found in nature, as well as the wonderful gestures formed by missteps and irregularities in nature like decay, rot, wilt, dormancy, death, and genetic and viral mutations like phyllody, petalody and fasciation.
I like to bring the smallest things we take for granted or that might go unnoticed, like the shape of the smallest floret of a flower, right to the viewer’s face, when one may realize they never knew them at all.
Tiffanie Turner is also the author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike Botanicals available through many booksellers online.
Find more of her work online by searching for her name and via her Instagram page.
http://www.thiscolossal.com (several pages – search for artist name)
http://www.papelsf.com/about-1 Read her full artist statement and more about her here