What the Butterfly Dragon Taught Me

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About the Exhibition

Artist and CBA 2021 Faculty Fellow Colette Fu has been making stories in the pop-up book format for almost 2 decades. 

Fu’s new works presented in What the Butterfly Dragon Taught Me: Dimensional Stories in Paper, are a continuation of We Are Tiger Dragon People – her ongoing series of photo-based pop-up books about the ethnicities of China. These new works include stories of the Miao, Dulong, Mongolian, Han, and Yi, created during quarantine. 

About the Artist

Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu (b.1969, Princeton, NJ) makes complex three-dimensional compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering.

Fu’s pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, and many private and rare archive collections.

Fu’s numerous awards include a 2020 Joan Mitchell Artist and Sculptor’s Grant, the Meggendorfer Prize for best paper-engineered artist book, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China. In 2017, Fu created the world’s largest pop-up book measuring 21×14 feet, where people were invited to enter the book. Her solo show Wanderer/Wonderer was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2016/17.

Fu teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally.

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