Helena Gum Moth, XXL image - Chelsea Hop

MEGA  MOTHS

By painting these moths hundreds of times their actual size I feel it gives them the significance, presence and impact to reveal the magical, beautiful and bizarre creatures that they are. It gives me enough space to show and emphasise the details of their wings, bodies and antennae as I observe them, without the unique areas of pattern being lost. Standing up close to the painting, due to their massive size, you are forced to take in the areas of pattern, detail, colour and texture in sections – without being able to see the creature as a whole due to the scale of the painting. Moving backwards from the piece the details blur together to make the readily recognisable depiction of the particular species of moth.


 

Moths became a powerful personal totem for me in my life when my strength and resilience was really pushed to the limit through long term physical illness and other challenges. They represent courage, transformation and intuition to me, which is also true for many cultures around the world. How I represent them in my paintings reflects this; skirting the border between magic and reality; science and art; the mind and intuition.

Click on each moth to learn more about the species.

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© Chelsea Hopkins-Allan