Tasha Lewis and her current project, The Butterfly Swarm, has descended upon many a metal sculpture, vessel, can, architectural elements, nail, etc. They can attach to almost anything metal through magnets and are light enough that they don’t harm what they are attaching to. While she doesn’t just make photographic reproductions (in a process known as Cyanotype: a printing process that pulls out a cyan-blue of the print) of butterflies, the context of these insects on the sculptures creates a nice symbiotic and fleeting relationship between the object they alights upon. See below for an artist statement and more of her creations.
My current work is focused on re-imagining taxidermy and other methods of preserving life. My interest in preservation stems from my fascination with the re-presentational powers of photography. I am fascinated with how we as viewers relate to a leaf that has been mechanically produced to look and feel very similar to a real leaf. I have been scaling up that idea to make animal bodies, tree limbs, and I hope to eventually create whole environments.
Posted by Catherine on September 7th, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Comments (0)