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Dramatic Decaying Flowers in Tiffanie Turner’s Solo Show “What Befell Us” Challenge Notions of Beauty and Perfection

April 23, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

In her latest solo exhibition, What Befell Us, California-based artist Tiffanie Turner explores notions of aging, imperfection, and perishability. Massive flower blossoms including dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, and strawflowers are formed from Italian crepe paper and span more than five feet across. While in her previous work Turner strove for the ideal phenotype of each flower, in What Befell Us the artist pushes past perfection to investigate our collective relationship to flaws and damage. The artist shares with Colossal that she felt strongly pulled…

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Tiffanie Turner’s Debut Book Shows How To Create Her Masterful Paper Flowers

August 3, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

We've long admired the breathtaking botanical artwork crafted by San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner (previously here and here). Combining her architectural training with a love of the natural world, Turner has pioneered a seemingly infinite number of techniques to craft incredibly lifelike flowers from everyday materials. And, after years of refining her unique art form, her debut book The Fine Art of Paper Flowers will be published on August 22nd. In her comprehensive photo-filled 254-page book, Turner starts from…

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Tiffanie Turner Discusses Her Evolving Understanding of Beauty and How the Climate Crisis Impacts Her Realistic Florals

March 23, 2020

Grace Ebert

Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert spoke with artist Tiffanie Turner via email. This conversation has been edited for clarity. Grace: You just were working on a show that was scheduled to be on view at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Seattle this month. How did planning and creating for it go, and how are you feeling about it now? Tiffanie: I am so sorry that show is probably not going to be seen by the public at large in person due to the pandemic. It is a process-based group show called Cut Up. I sent one of my favorite pieces…

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Interview: Tiffanie Turner Discusses Her Evolving Understanding of Beauty and How the Climate Crisis Impacts Her Realistic Florals

March 23, 2020

Grace Ebert

San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner is known for creating large-scale paper flowers that embody themes of beauty and aging. In the latest interview for Colossal Members, Turner spoke with our managing editor, Grace Ebert, about her relationship to botany, how she manages her time, and the role teaching plays in her work.

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Artist Talk at ‘Paper Show’ in San Francisco

July 19, 2022

Christopher Jobson

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 2, and join us for an artist talk at Heron Arts as part of Paper Show in San Francisco. Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert will moderate a talk with Andrea Bergen, Reina Takahashi, Tiffanie Turner, and Zai Divecha. Please join us for an evening filled with discussion on the humble yet complex medium of paper. No RSVP needed. See you then! The group exhibition Paper Show at Heron Arts runs through August 6, 2022, and includes work by Ale Rambar, Andrea Bergen, Christine Kim, Hari & Deepti, Huntz Liu, Judith + Rolfe, Julia Ibbini,…

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New Giant Paper Flower Sculptures by Tiffanie Turner

June 8, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

Tiffanie Turner (previously) individually cuts thousands of segments of paper to piece together her often 5-foot-wide flower compositions, works that can take up to 400 hours to complete by hand. Turner's artwork aims to explore nature's bloom and decay, and during a recent residency at the de Young Museum in San Francisco she enlisted over 4,000 visitors to collectively compose and then destroy a Ranunculus sculpture while stationed at the museum during the month of May. Many of the works she created while in residence will head to the Tower…

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