This blog takes its name, and inspiration, from a picture by Hungarian photographer & artist Flora Borsi. It was an adaptation of Kees van Dongen's 1919 painting The Corn Poppy. Scroll back to entry number one and you'll find the following comment:
My favourite piece of art is . . . no . . .
My favourite piece of visual art is . . . no . . .
My current favourite piece of visual art is The Corn Poppy by Kees van Dongen . . . no . . .
My current favourite piece of visual art is Flora Borsi's treatment of The Corn Poppy by Kees van Dongen from her series of photographs imagining Models of Abstract Paintings as real people.
What I liked about it was how she played with the idea of Art. Kees van Dongen's painting is a classic. Flora hijacked it and made it her own.
It was a great image, cleverly manipulated but she turned it into something new. In the same way that after Hendrix re-invented All Along the Watchtower even Bob Dylan could only hear it that way.
Flora Borsi was still a teenager back then.
Siamese is her latest project
One of the great things about Flora is that even though she has created an incredible portfolio of work already, I feel the best is yet to come.
all images copyright Flora Borsi