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Creator:
Cockburn, Julie, artist.
Title:
Butterflies.
Published/Created:
2004.
Physical Description:
1 altered book ; 39 x 47 x 8 cm, in box 55 x 72 x 11 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat C 2019 3
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky in honor of Amy Meyers, Yale PhD, American Studies, 1985; Janice Neri (1970-2016), who worked with Meyers (as a predoctoral research assistant) at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and Neri''s family
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Copyright Status:
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Classification:
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Notes:
An altered book, created from an unidentified monograph on butterflies. Julie Cockburn has cut out the illustrations from the published work, partially folded them lengthwise to give the pieces a three-dimensional structure, and then glued the butterflies into place so that they seem to hover over the pages of the original book (that is fixed in an open position).
"I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of knowing what they are (harmless, paper cut-outs) that have somehow come alive. I hope it evokes a suspension of disbelief. ... It is amazing to me that a 2-dimensional image can be given so much life just by cutting it out.”--Artist's statement.
Initialed and dated in graphite: "JC 2004."
Selected exhibitions: “Photographs | Contemporary Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions" (Yale Center for British Art, June 20-September 8, 2019).
Exhibition History:
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Photographs | Contemporary Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2019-06-20 - 2019-09-08)

Subject Terms:
Altered books -- Specimens.
Butterflies -- Pictorial works.
Paper work -- Great Britain -- Specimens.
Women in natural history.
Form/Genre:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.
Altered books.
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