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Canvas, wood, plaster, epoxy resin, royale porcelain and glaze on a plinth
Executed in 2014
30cm by 30cm

Butterflies in New York, New York is a small piece that sits on a plinth with an old fashion wooden frame, made in New York. It features porcelain butterflies bursting out of the frame, with patrotric colours and patterns that represent and indeed celebrate the United States of America.

As a piece of conceptual art, Butterflies in New York, New York, came into being following a series of seemingly random events. It started life when a New Yorker bought the frame in New York and then in turn sold it to a framer in London for $200.00. This frame sat in the framer’s studio for months until it was seen by Mattis who immediately had a vision for how it needed to be re-incarnated.

She began by reducing the frame to 30cm by 30cm and then everything else just developed organically from there.

Mattis’s title for the piece was inspired by the legendary singer and performer Frank Sinatra. Butterflies are free to fly where they wish, both physically and spiritually. They can, in both a real and a metaphorical sense, fly to New York, to become part of one of the most iconic cities in the world. They can live the dream of the Land of Opportunity and have prosperity and success and an upwardly mobile lifepath achieved through hard work. For butterflies immortalised in porcelain, nothing is impossible.

Materials used:

Porcelain, Resin and Wood

Butterflies in New York, New York (2014)


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geraldine mattis

United Kingdom

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