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Name: Bethan Wall
School: Bridgwater College
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: In my artwork I have looked at how within mapping and other aspects of modern life we try to contain everything within regimented squares and rectangles. In maps you can clearly see how we try to control and limit the natural world to within these squares to make it easier for us to understand and use. The natural world however does not fit in to the squares and everything breaks out of one square and spills in to the next square. A way that the world connects with each other is through the post, stamps are an essential aspect to post and these are another rectangular shape that we use to try to order the world. Stamps are a small and regimented object that country uses to represent itself to the rest of the world and its own people. Once again we are trying to show the natural world in a very unnatural way. These ideas of containment and showing the natural in an unnatural way are ideas I have explored in my work.
Title: Butterfly Countries
Description: In this piece of work I have sewn together stamps from a country into the shape of the country and then sewn two of these countries together. I have sewn them with loose stitches that show the physical distance between the two countries. I have tried to show how countries have links and bonds together even if they are geographically or culturally very different. The stitches represent how delicate and fragile these relationships are and how easily they can be destroyed by a singular action, but also how vital and important they are in keeping the world together. When multiple countries are put together they look slightly like a butterfly display. This fits with the idea of humans ordering the natural world in very unnatural ways, to create a display of butterflies you first have to kill them and I wondered if it is the same for relationships with countries. By trying to order and control countries and the links between them we first have to essentially destroy what it is that we want to look at.
Medium: Stamps and Stitching
Width: Various Height: Various