In POWER FLOWERS, Robierb connects his bullet and war narrative with Andy Warhol’s vibrant screenprint flowers.
At first look, the relation to Warhol’s flowers is evident, but closer inspection reveals the deeper layer of Robierb’s flowers. The presumed flower is not flowering at all but is instead a bullet that has been fired and upon impact has exploded into a flower-like shape. Once the viewer discovers this layer hidden in plain sight, it is impossible to unsee the bullet and return to the phantasy of a lovely flower.
The optical truth of the work makes the beholder painfully aware of how violence and war can corrupt even the most beautiful vision.