Skin With O’Hara Poem – Jasper Johns
lithograph on paper – 22 × 34 inches – 1963/1965
Walker Art Museum
I love that Jasper Johns used a piece of architect’s paper (KE Albalene Engineer’s Standard Form) because I think that it’s like another found object – something an artist wouldn’t normally use as a starting point. This choice makes the piece more intriguing and impressive because it’s all about the result of the work, not the value of the material it’s created on. He also used his own hands and face – I love that he’s left a piece of himself behind for us to love and live with.