Rosemary Burden at the City Atrium Gallery

Rosemary Burden
Butterfly Factory

City Atrium Gallery
May 6 – July 7, 2014

Artist Talk: Tuesday, May 13, 12:15 – 12:45pm
North Vancouver City Hall – Atrium, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver
Please join Rosemary Burden as she discusses the inspiration and process behind her work.

Rosemary Burden at the City Atrium Gallery

Rosemary’s installation piece ‘Butterfly Factory’ addresses the idea of repetition, art versus craft, and the oft-discussed possibility of the disappearance of the printed paper book in light of the emerging use of electronic books. It also speaks to the plight of the monarch butterflies whose habitat is under threat.

Pages from a favourite old book flutter to the floor. Tattered and worn, the small print is beginning to merge with the colour of the paper - no longer white and crisp, but soft and beautiful - the pages resemble the tattered and faded wings of a dying butterfly.

This ethereal and bountiful 30-foot installation reveals depth and movement. Many old books have been deconstructed to create this installation, including six volumes out of seven of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, published in 1910, which produced over 21,000 butterflies. Shakespeare’s words often appear on the body of the butterfly – these were collected and reconfigured into the poem “I Be Waspish” by Maggie Witzsche.


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