<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
Bush, Tracey

British Butterflies : complete collection.

[Great Britain], 2005.
Physical Description:
62 cut-paper butterflies ; in glass-fronted box 50 x 61 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat C 2019 4
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky in honor of Cameron Cartiere and Nick Strauss
View by request in the Study Room [Request]
Note: The Study Room is open by appointment. Please visit the Study Room page on our website for more details.

Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
With a hand-written label on the reverse "'British Butterflies' Complete Collection. [artist's signature] 2005." Next to the label is a relief illustration of a pinned butterfly specimen, in brown ink.
Collection of 62 cut-paper butterflies, pinned out in a glass-top wooden entomological box.
"My entomological collections contain collections of butterflies and moths, hand-cut from paper ephemera and held together with bookbinder's pamphlet stitch. There is usually a quirky link between the paper material used for the butterfly and its common name. Hence the High Brown Fritillary is cut from the dun [grayish-brown] contours of a map of the Cheviot Hills [that straddle the border between Northumberland and the Scottish Borders]. The names are hand-written in brown ink on tiny scientific labels. Butterflies are amongst the first indicators of environmental change, [and] I want these collections to highlight their frailty and diversity, as an alternative to a collection of actual specimens."--Artist's statement.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Butterflies in art.
Maps in art.
Paper work -- Great Britain -- Specimens.
Women in natural history.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.
Watkins & Doncaster (Hawkhurst, England)

Photographs | Contemporary Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2019-06-20 - 2019-09-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.