An Apocalypse of Butterflies

Hi all

I am off to Manchester this week to install my work in Manchester Art Gallery as part of the First Cut Exhibition.

The gallery commissioned me to make a piece of work to be installed in one of the Pre Raphaelite galleries.  The piece I made is called An Apocalypse of Butterflies. I was inspired by an article I read about how the very wet summer we had here in the UK was apocalyptic for British butterflies.

Whilst I was researching the piece I was also reading about the Pre Raphaelites and one of their doctrines was:

to study Nature attentively, so as to know how to express them

which struck a chord with me.  I was also reading about when Manchester Art Gallery was first started, which was a time of great discoveries and collecting of flora and fauna and discovering new species.  So this all came together in an installation of about 60 butterflies that will be pinned directly to the wall around some Millais Paintings (no pressure there!).   The butterflies are cut from Orographical Features maps of Great Britain and are all butterflies that are endangered or getting that way.

This piece of work has taken a long time to complete, I’ve been working on it for what seems like months, but somehow it took a long time before I really understood it and could get the butterflies to look how I wanted them to look (or more of less).  I will post some images of the installation once it’s up but for now here are some details.   I would love to hear what you think.

© Claire Brewster 2012 – An Apocalypse of Butterflies

© Claire Brewster 2012 – An Apocalypse of Butterflies

© Claire Brewster 2012 – An Apocalypse of Butterflies

© Claire Brewster 2012 – An Apocalypse of Butterflies
  1. kathrynclark

    Yeah, looks like the perfect place to show your work. Wish I could see it in person but hope you have some installation images to share here. Enjoy the opening!

  2. deemallon

    your work is amazing!! came here vis-a-vis Spirit Cloth, by Jude Hill.

  3. Anonymous

    Ive seen ur work at The Manchester Art Gallery. Its really amazing! i love it! Im a student at The Manchester College so we’ve got the project now related to this exhibition. I just love to say that I’m getting inspiration from ur butterflies:)

    • claire

      Hi thanks, good luck with your project.

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