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Cockburn, Julie, artist.

It's a crazy, messed up world.

Physical Description:
1 cut-paper work ; 40 x 40 x 4 cm, in glass-fronted box 58 x 58 x 7 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat C 2019 5
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky, in honor of Mimi Berjandi Head and Beverly Head, Yale BA 1963, Yale JD 1966, and their family
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Selected exhibitions: “Photographs | Contemporary Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions" (Yale Center for British Art, June 20-September 8, 2019).
“It's interesting, looking back at this body work, how little we use maps nowadays. Just last night I threw away a road atlas from my car which I hadn't used for years since the invention of the TomTom [a GPS device]. I am constantly made aware that this satellite technology enables me to arrive somewhere with little idea of where I actually am.”--Artist's statement, concerning a map-based series of three-dimensional collages completed by Cockburn in the early 2000s.
Cockburn constructed the present work in 2004 using “junk shop” atlases, cutting out brightly colored countries and layering them randomly on top of each other to form jagged new continents against a plane of blue ocean. The final result looks like a flattened, disoriented globe. She says it is her commentary “on being lost in a world full of direction-giving technology.”
Subject Terms:
Global Positioning System.
Paper work -- Great Britain -- Specimens.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.
Collages (visual works)