LEPIDOPTERA AFFINITAS

LEPIDOPTERA AFFINITAS

MATERIALS:
OIL & ACRYLIC ON MOUNTED WOODEN PANEL
WHITE GLOSS EDGES; 
60CM x 70CM X 2.5CM 

Moth and butterfly wings are covered in tiny colourful scales. They look like minuscule abstract artworks in their own right, with the scales creating a variety of patterns and visual effects. How these scales are placed next to each other also impacts our perception of their colour.

 

I combined studies of different areas of butterfly and moth wing-scales and patterns. I felt it represented the feeling of how these different, often unique elements of our lives and ourselves come together, overlap, relate and impact each other as an imperfect, interesting and vibrant whole. That they are more beautiful and vibrant together.

 

'Lepidopetera' is the scientific name for butterflies and moths. It literally means 'scaled wing' in Ancient Greek. 'Affinitas' is Latin, meaning relationship or community. 

LEPIDOPTERA Iris No.03, Chelsea Hopkins-Allan, MOTH 2019 - SECTION FOR WEBSITE.jpg