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Morling, Katharine, artist.
Butterfly cabinet.
London, England, 2016.
Physical Description:
1 sculpture : porcelain with black stain, in glass-fronted shadow box ; box 58 x 38 x 7 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Octavo Room Morling Butterfly
Yale Center for British Art, acquired with funds from the Bequest of Daniel S. Kalk
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View catalog record for Katharine Morling's Nature boy
View catalog record for Katharine Morling's Rummage and gather
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Butterfly Cabinet is connected by narrative to Morling's Nature Boy and Rummage and Gather: "My work is driven by my personal narrative and often pieces lead to other works. Nature Boy is all about teenage angst, really. He goes out with his rucksack [from Rummage and Gather] and collects bugs and nature. He is unsure of who he is in the world and starts collecting things to inform himself. He wants to pin down beauty, like in the old Victorian displays [like Butterfly Cabinet]. He wants to hold onto it but in the process he ends up killing it. Everything goes in the end ... Though Nature Boy is quite a small piece, I have made his rucksack life size so that I could look into it.”--Information provided by the artist, 2017. See links herewith for descriptions of the two related works.
The shadow box contains 18 pinned butterfly specimens, modeled in life-size porcelain form. Beneath each specimen is a label (in porcelain) bearing an alphanumeric identifier.
The porcelain pieces are fired without glaze. Details are drawn in black stain.
Produced in an edition of five. Each of the five is unique, with variations in the number and selection of components.
Accompanied by a sheet bearing the artist's quick ink drawings of her Butterfly cabinet (or Freedom Box), Nature boy, and Rummage and gather, signed and dated (17/2/16).
Selected exhibitions: “A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions" (Yale Center for British Art, June 1, 2017 - August 13, 2017).
Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Subject Terms:
Adolescent psychology.
Butterflies in art.
Natural history.
Women in natural history.
Zoological specimens -- Collection and preservation.
Porcelain (material)
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