Sunflower, 1994
In a monumental work of 1994 entitled Sunflower, Cole unites the decorative potential of his scorching with a powerful and evocative form. Imprinted on a canvas that is backed with mattress padding and wood, this homage to Vincent van Gogh suggests a dynamic, pulsating shield, all the more potent because of the method of its creation. The act of scorching takes on a ritualistic dimension with the enormous scale and emblematic shape. Sunflower also exemplifies Cole's use of the stamping process for extensive repetition of an existing form and the creation of intricate, overlapping patterns.

Cole as printmaker
Domestic I.D., IV, 1992
Sunflower, 1994
Stowage, 1997
Sunflower. 1994. Iron scorches and lacquer on canvas over mattress padding, 80 1/2 x 78" (204.5 x 198.1 cm). Collection Penny and David McCall, New York

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