Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rhapsody in iridescent blue: A quartet from "The Theater of Insects"

Doxocopa cherubinaPapilio ulysses
Anaea cyanaeMorpho deidamia
Images from Jo Whaley, The Theater of Insects, © 2000-2007. Top — 47: Doxocopa cherubina and 8: Papilio ulysses. Bottom — 60: Anaea cyanae and 102: Morpho deidamia.
From the introductory essay accompanying Jo Whaley's forthcoming book, The Theater of Insects (2008):
Theater of InsectsLike moths attracted to the light of a flame only to perish in that flight, I wonder if we, too, are tied to self-destruction through a drive toward greater technological heights. Conversely, we may be able to use technology and our creativity to become more integrated with nature. As always, the future is uncertain. Art and science are not so diametrically opposed. The practice of both begins with the intense observation of nature, which in turn sparks the imagination toward action. Just pause long enough to look. There is a flicker of hope fluttering in the collective peripheral vision.


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