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Bush, Tracey

[Dandelion] : [Taraxacum officinale].

Additional Title(s):

Nine wild plants

Physical Description:
1 collage ; 40 x 39 cm, on sheet 42 x 29 cm and 1 drawing : pen and black ink ; 22 x 24 cm, on sheet 44 x 28
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2016 4b
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2016 4c
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
© 2020 Tracey Bush
Visual Materials
"Bush's work has often dealt with the impact that man makes on the environment and she began Nine Wild Plants after reading ecological thinkers, including Paul Hawken, who notes that the average Western adult can recognise over 1000 brand names or logos, but fewer than ten local, indigenous plants. Posing the question 'Which nine wild plants could you confidently identify?' Bush began emailing a range of people and collecting their responses. Texts from these email exchanges are reproduced in a small artist's book and form the basis of a series of unique, transparent bookworks that include original line drawings of the plants described. Central to the exhibition was a series of nine, large-scale, collages drawings including the stinging nettle, buttercup and poppy. These works interweave a theme of lost knowledge with the rigour of scientific specimens. Bush referred to the Herbarium Handbook as well as to her own observed drawings to make templates for hand-drawn plant silhouettes; she then collaged fragments of found materials illustrating sweet packet, cigarette and fizzy drink logos etc. ..."--Emma Hill, in Printmaking Today.
Other items produced for Nine wild plants, and now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, include: the finished collage of Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris); the finished collage of Field poppy (Papaver rhoeas); and sketch no. 4 of Common nettle (Urtica dioica). The collection also includes a copy of the Nine wild plants artist's book.
The collage is item Folio B 2016 4c; the sketch is Folio B 2016 4b.
Preliminary study ("Drawing no. 1", a collage) and preliminary sketch ("Sketch no. 1") for Dandelion, one of nine collages made by Tracey Bush for her Nine Wild Plants, a solo exhibition in 2006.
The preliminary collage is composed of fragments of commercial paper packaging, completed by lines drawn in pen and black ink. Together, the drawn lines and collaged packaging form an accurate silhouette of a Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). On 100% rag herbarium paper. Titled at lower right, in graphite: "Drawing no. 1." Signed and dated by the artist in graphite.
The preliminary sketch is drawn in pen and black ink, and depicts the disconnected leaves and stems of the dandelion. One such leaf is partially filled in with Marlboro packaging. Signed at lower left: "Sketch no. 1. Herb/01/05." At lower right is a specimen label, completed in pen and black ink: "Flora of [Britain]. Botanical name: [Taraxacum officinale]. Vernacular name: [Dandelion]. Altitude. Date: [14th August 2005]. Habitat: [Parkland/mixed meadow]. Notes: [Very few flower heads]. Collector: [Tracey Bush]. No: [1]"
Subject Terms:
Botanical illustration -- Great Britain.
Branding (Marketing)
Hawken, Paul. Declaration of sustainability.
Logos (Symbols)
Plants -- Great Britain.
Plants -- Identification.
Wild flowers -- Great Britain.
Wild flowers -- Identification.
Women in natural history.
Cut-paper works.
Collages (visual works)
Ink drawings.
IIIF Manifest:

"Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower" : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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