Another component of my upcoming exhibit is an art journal or two about the science and mythology of the Monarch...it has led to me to some amazing discoveries, one that I have recorded on this journal page...
Elizabeth Kubler Ross visited the Maidanek concentration camp in 1946, she found the walls of the children's barracks covered in hundred of drawn and scratched butterflies.
A little piece for the Empty Bowls fund raiser to help fight hunger in Longmont. It's not a little as it appears in this photo, which I really love. The arm and hand of my new mannequin friend in the studio. We'll also be gathering with neighbors and friends to paint some bowls for the event...always fun.
Chrysalis : a protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth
apropos...in many ways. I have been sheltering this project
but...I feel I have finally made some sort of breakthrough...I have had this large project, in my head, but am having a hard time bringing it to life. My exhibit, The Mythology and Migration of the Monarchs, will be installed at the end of May, not all that far away.
I have been working in a new studio...my friends big space in our dying mall, I came here because of the size of the installation.
It was too large, this idea...not enough hours in the day.
I scaled back...more comfortable, more manageable...
I think I can DO this.
this is one piece of several and will consist a wall of corn plants and milkweed...crawling with larger than life Monarch caterpillars.
The Monarch migration this year was devestatingly small. Mexico is doing much in deterring the logging that was decimating the oyamel forests where the butterflies over winter. Now the blame falls squarely on our shoulders for the dwingling milkweed, the Monarch caterpillars only food source.
The big three causes of the decline in the Monarch migration;