Butterfly Shadows Become a Face

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Butterfly Shadows Become a Face

I came up with the idea of cutting out the parts of a horse in card and lining them up so they would project the dissected shadow of a horse on the wall as whole. After a little more thought I wondered if I could could make a shadow of a woman riding the horse that was also a face. After several attempts it worked to my satisfaction. I then went on to make a face out of the cut-outs of birds and twisted the stem of an artificial flower into the profile of a woman.

Then one day while looking through an old folder of magazine pictures I had saved for one reason or another, I came across one and I was attracted by the shadows that fell on the uplifted face. Looking harder, the shadows around the eyes looked almost like butterflies to me.
This led to me using butterflies a lot in my work, the culmination being pinning taxidermy butterflies to nudes with acupuncture needles labeled with their Latin names.

 


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