A Fractured Atlas

A Fractured Atlas by Nadine Boughton
20″x16″; hand-cut collage of vintage materials 1945-1962; 2019. Courtesy of the artist.


A Fractured Atlas: Nadine Boughton

at Trident Gallery in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
6 July-4 August 2019

“A Fractured Atlas” is the third solo exhibition of new work by Nadine Boughton. After many years of making collages from printed materials from 1950–1962 with digital techniques, “A Fractured Atlas” presents two series of hand-cut collages of vintage materials from 1945–1962. The eight collages of “Catalogs of Desire” draw on Montgomery Ward and other catalogs of the era to address themes of materialism and popular culture. The collages of “They All Looked at the Rain” address themes of innocence, nostalgia, and anxiety about the future through subject matter of water in its many forms–oceans, waterfalls, tears. Boughton is deeply conversant with the importance of water to spiritual practices and philosophies through the ages and across cultures, and she is a keen observer of the cultures of yesterday and today, both satiric and nostalgic, a profound humanist who challenges viewers’ assumptions about contemporary art drawing on materials from popular culture.

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


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