You just have to love this. Tasha Lewis’s butterflies are taking off – maybe they already have. Anyway, they are going all around the world. I did offer to give them a fly in Rockhampton but couldn’t compete with the capital cities. The butterflies are made of cloth printed with the cyanotype process and they are adhered to suitable surfaces by tiny magnets. You can have a look at their proposed journey on http://www.swarmtheworld.com/. Volunteers will install around 400 butterflies, then pack them up and send them on to the next volunteer in the next town or country. This must be the nicest piece of guerrilla art ever.
The Herd, 2012
Tasha Lewis is from Indianapolis, USA, and her cyanotype work is just extraordinary. She has certainly taken cyanotype right into the third dimension. The above installation is part of The Herd, her 2012 exhibition at the Napoleon Gallery, Philadelphia. Lewis hand sews her cyanotype printed fabric onto animal forms and uses strong magnets to install the animals on glass panels. Have a look at her web site – she has other wonderful installations.
The Swarm, 2012
Just love her butterflies. The butterfly installations started in 2012 and continue. Lewis says: “My goal is to create a very ephemeral public spectacle toeing the line between subversive and lyrical” and this she does beautifully as part of her Public Guerrilla Installations.