in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic (1979) is a Gothic novel, the first in a series by V.C. Andrews. The cult-classic weaves a twisted story of the Dollanganger kids who are forced to grow up hidden in the attic of their wealthy grandparents' mansion so their mother can reclaim the family fortune. Andrews’ work has often been controversial because of its depiction of taboo behavior.


Repetition, abandonment, loss of innocence, confinement and abuse are a few themes within the story. The children make flowers out of paper to decorate the attic and bring a bit of happiness to their world. I cut out the title from construction paper and used a scanner to create the hollowed out effect of abandoned scrap paper. I chose bright pink to catch the eye and represent a loss of innocence.

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