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Tea Country

  • Object:

    Collage

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stockwell, Susan (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Collage of stitched and cut tea bags glued or pasted on to paper

  • Museum number:

    E.716-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case RK, shelf 23, box R

  • Public access description

    Susan Stockwell has used paper, paper products and other commonplace materials, such as rubber and wool, in a number of highly inventive ways. They are all centred on the notion of map as signifier of commodification, trade and economic power. In this piece she has stitched together used tea bags in a witty commentary on a peculiarly British obsession, tea drinking. At the same time it is a reference to the British Empire's former control of India and the legacy of Imperial exploitation.

  • Physical description

    framed collage of stitched and cut used tea bags on paper support, cut to the shape of a map of the British isles.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 54 cm tea bags, sight, Width: 27 cm tea bags, sight, Height: 73.6 cm frame, Width: 53.4 cm frame

  • Descriptive line

    'Tea Country', collage, map of the British Isles, by Susan Stockwell; Great Britain, 2000

  • Labels and date

    Stockwell has often used maps to explore the history of trade and economic power. Here used tea bags have been stitched together 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. [2007]

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection