About this piece:
“Record” is part of a book series related to special collections. While visiting many of these natural history collections in Europe and the United States, I began to first photograph the specimens in situ and then to document drawings, tags and notations made by the scientists and curators who collected and preserved these specimens. Documenting these manuscript records helps us to interpret specific examples and collections as a whole. This information not only shows when the specimen was collected, but it may show evidence of changes in the way that a specimen was classified. The significance of scientific classification is evident in these preserved specimens, enabling us to better understand the world as seen through the eyes of those who assembled and handled them.
This piece is one of several about the records that accompany specimens in natural history and pathology collections. Other works in the series include collages and additional tag pieces.
Text by the artist.
waxed linen, paper, dye, transfer
Betsy Stirratt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and received an MFA from Indiana University. She has been exhibiting her paintings, books, objects and installations since 1983. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibits at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, White Columns and Art in General in New York, the City Gallery at Chastain in Atlanta, the Indiana State Museum and in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and other locations. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and awar