Sunday, 28 August 2011

'Velvet Moths' Exhibition

 'Moth House 1'  Mixed media collage

'Moth House 2'  Mixed media collage

I just love moths. Well, moths, butterflies, bees, cicadas, birds - anything that flies really.  I have been putting together a body of work that encapsulates my love of moths.  The work explores the balance between the elusive, ethereal qualities of the creatures and the desire to capture and possess them.  

I have a large collection of dead things - or should I say things that were already dead when I found them: bees, may bugs, beetles, moths etc - and I use them as inspiration in my work.  I don't hold with killing creatures for the sake of it, but I totally understand why Victorians collected trays and trays of butterflies, moths, and insects. I'm glad they did, but I'm also glad that it is no longer acceptable as a hobby today. However, the desire to possess them is as enticing to me as looking in a jewellery shop window might be to others!  

I am exhibiting my work at Hangar Farm Arts Centre, Totton, Hampshire SO40 8FT, from September 14th to October 7th  

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