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Yvonne Porcella

Takoage
1980
cotton and polyester
82 1/2 x 71 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisiton Program

Takoage is a Japanese word that means "kite flying" and refers to the traditional kite festival on New Year's Day in Japan. In an unorthodox move, Yvonne Porcella stitched along the printed kite strings of the back fabric. Before 1986, she focused primarily on color, which she chose for its psychological and emotive power. Often using red, her favorite color, she adds other colors to create vibrant harmonies. Porcella's trademark style is an irregular grid of dazzling hues relieved by half-squares of black and white to give the eye a rest.