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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tea & Art




Susan Stockwell (born 1962)
Tea Country
2000
Tea bags, cut and stitched, pasted onto paper
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Stockwell has often used maps to explore the history of trade and economic power. Here, she has stitched together used tea bags to make a simple map. It is a witty allusion to the British obsession with tea-drinking, but also refers indirectly to the legacy of the British empire in India.



9 comments:

Frivolitea said...

fabuous! thank you for introducing us to this artist. And thank you for your comment. I am actually in Asheville but we vacation near Charleston every summer. Best to you!

Steph said...

Very cool! This is inspiring me!

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina. said...

Thank *you* Frivolitea for putting me on to the CawCaw thing! I had no idea. I hope they do another "Step & Steep" soon. I have emailed them!

Hi Steph! It is way cool, isn't it? I love it! Found it when I was doing some research for the 2010 Tea in London tour. I am almost finished finalizing itinerary. We will be having Afternoon Tea in a private capsule aboard the London Eye!

Jason Witt said...

Is this a map of England? Because that's what it seems to be. I just wasn't sure about it from its shape. Cool to be made out of tea bags, though. --Spirituality of Tea

Smitten by Britain said...

Is there anything that tea can't do? ;-)

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina. said...

Jason, It's a map of Great Britain.

And the answer to your question Smitten is, "Nope!" :-)

Steven Knoerr said...

I rather like the art. I don't agree with the commentary, though, which reads, "...also refers indirectly to the legacy of the British empire in India." This cannot be read from this individual piece (Where is India in the picture?), but has to be inferred from Stockwell's other works, where she makes the statement more explicitly.

Steven Knoerr said...

And to pick my nits more closely, Stockwell seems a bit prolific in her use of coffee and tea (and teabags and coffee filters) as media to paint with. She has "Tea Bag Taiwan and Tea Bag China," http://www.susanstockwell.co.uk/medium.php?category=paper;map&image_id=2008_9a.jpg, which are made with tea bags.

Tea bags used to define the relationship of China and Taiwan to their beverage of choice? I don't think so.

Angela McRae said...

I so LOVE this! You find the most glorious things to share ...

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