FRANCES STARK

Like many contemporary artists, Stark (b. 1967, Newport Beach, California) often incorporates writing in her work. Her artworks are layered with meanings and references that viewers can appreciate on many levels, from persistent visual motifs, repetitive phrases and titles, obscure citations, allusions and puns. As part of the artist’s 2006 Artpace exhibition, the still and stoic chrysanthemum represented in the artwork here without its stem, is cut and assembled in painstaking detail and actually applied into the paper, instead of glued on top. Each crevice is connected with a piece of transparent framing hinge paper, therefore, when looking closely the viewer can see right through. Mimicking something only temporary, used as décor and to create a beautiful accent, the flower has been preserved. 

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