This piece is a visual rendering of shadows of a tree moving in the wind; it is an attempt to visually catch these shadows as they move and change.
4cm x 2cm x 150cm Burnt hair, resin, chain 2013
12cm x 12cm x12cm 1000 fortune cookie fortunes in a perspex box 2013
Little by Little the Darkness Fades Away
60x60cm Glass bottles, salt, ink 2011
157cm x 70cm x 35cm Salt on mixed media body 2013
The Earth Withers, the Moon Crumbles and One by One Stars Flutter into Dust
85cm x 70cm x 27cm Mixed media; handmade butterflies of paper, wire and ink 2013
In Greek the word ‘psyche’ means soul. The ancient Greek goddess of the soul, also named Psyche, had the wings of a butterfly. Her life was full of passions and misfortunes but through these trials she adapted, changed and learned and was able to overcome these hardships.
Through this work I am questioning my ideas on spirituality and life after death through examination of the symbolic qualities of the humble butterfly. They reflect the transformations we go through during our lives as well as the transitory nature of our being.
Death is inevitable but while our bodies may decay maybe, as the Ancient Greeks believed, our souls can live on to continue their journeys on the wings of a butterfly.