Inspired by: “Girl with Flowers”, Benny Andrews
Media: Paintings, Oil and Collage on a Canvas
A girl stands in a wondrous place
Full of analogous colors and a hidden human face
That is covered by beautiful, bright, and blue blossoms
And can only be seen by some;
Vertical lines are seen by many
And shapes are shown as quadrilaterals and the shape of a penny,
But many values are placed,
Just like how the tree bark and the leaves are faced
With texture and shading,
And the leaves ability of depth and its fading;
The title is simple and short,
And it lacks thought and seems like a last resort;
It asks the viewer to spot the woman,
A woman and her flowers.
An asymmetrical balance is present due to a heavy side;
A shadow and a tree stand on the right side of the divide
With a girl on the left-hand;
Her dress’s flower-pattern displays unity and is not bland;
The flowers like a leopard’s spots
Are bright like freshly-cleaned pots;
The first thing you see is the dress,
A thing of beauty she could not repress;
Movement is created by the bark
That has a light and a dark.
Not everyone looks at your face
As many are polite and have grace;
In the work, Joy is spread from peace to war,
And it dashes to a place very far.
The work is intricate and neat;
The work is thoughtful and complete;
The work is a pavement-laying truck
Paving the road for powerful pieces of art;
The work could be better by a little
Although I do not mean to belittle
This well-thought out piece of art;
I feel that the mushroom could be clearer
To identify and find;
The artwork is a new kind,
But it shouldn’t be a mystery;
To improve this work,
The artist should clarify the mushroom because it may irk
Many critics and those who deal with analytics;
The dress’s colors need to be less blurry,
But, don’t you worry,
The bright colors will remain,
And the art’s loveliness will refuse to drain.
Comparing My Collage versus Richard Hamilton’s “Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?”
Richard Hamilton is known for his collage artwork and is most widely known for his piece completed on 1956 titled “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” This piece of art mainly created with American magazine cutouts can be placed into both the styles of pop art and collage. Current collage artists are influenced by Hamilton’s work and have included many elements that the piece of art includes, such as having color and black and white cutouts and incorporating pop art. The artwork was the first piece that included pop art to be recognized widely. One could say that the piece started the pop art movement and fueled Roy Lichtenstein’s “Whaam!” and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans. All in all, Richard Hamilton is noted for influencing many current collage artists and many pop artists.
The collage I created and Hamilton’s “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” included many differences and similarities. One similarity in the area of style is that both had elements of collage art. However, Hamilton’s work included elements of pop art while mine stuck to the style of collage. In the category of media, both pieces included cutouts of paper to form a beautiful final piece. One difference was that my artwork used paint, but Hamilton’s art did not and used only cutouts. Also, the artist’s work used magazine paper while my work used newspaper scraps. In the category of subject matter, or emphasis, both pieces of artwork have people or a single person as the emphasis. In Hamilton’s piece, the colorful background draw attention to the black and white people. In my artwork, the person made of newspaper scraps and beige paint is definitely the subject matter. The difference, however, is the amount of emphasis shown on the subject. In my art, the subject is large and the only item on the canvas, but in Hamilton’s work, the emphasis is less obvious because of the many objects in the piece. The purpose of my art is to entertain the viewer, but the purpose of Hamilton’s work was to push the collage movement and to fuel the pop art movement. Hamilton was inspired by the English rock group, Roxy Music, while I was inspired by an artist by the name of Nancy Spero to create a collage with an emphasis on a person. We both were inspired by artists although they were in different fields of art (music and collage art).
In conclusion, Richard Hamilton and his piece entitled “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” pushed two movements forward and have many similarities and differences with the collage I created. Hamilton would most likely have not liked my artwork because he focused on scenes of people in their everyday life, but I showed a single person made of scraps of newspaper. He might have thought that the background should have had an everyday scene instead of plain blue coat. Although the focus was still on people in his work, to him scenes helped to bring out emotion and thought. After further analysis, my artwork can be improved based on the observations I had of Hamilton’s work.