|Smerinthus Saliceti and Papilionidae -- Jo Whaley|
For the Ancient Greeks, the word for butterfly was the same word for soul.
That word was Psyche, the root of our term psychology, as well as the name for the goddess of love in ancient Greece. The age-old mystery of death and transformation was linked to the metamorphosis which occurs when a caterpillar emerges from its cocoon as a stunningly beautiful butterfly. Ironically, the processes by which this transformation of the insect takes place is still unexplained by science.
One certainty is that a butterfly's life, like that of a human's, is short and fleeting.
|Asterope Markii: Verson -- Jo Whaley|
The photographs in this exhibition depict butterflies and moths paired with the portraits of anonymous individuals whose souls have long ago departed. In fact, the tintypes and glass plates that carry their visage show signs of decay, so that even the portraits themselves are disappearing with the passage of time. The result is the haunting melancholy of entropy, mixed with the exquisite perfection of the butterflies.
Science and art, mystery and fact are intertwined. -- Jo Whaley
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Carol Panaro-Smith & James Hajicek
|Arc of Departure Diptych 09-1 -- Carol Panaro-Smith & James Hajicek|
|Arc of Departure Diptych 09-4 -- Carol Panaro-Smith & James Hajicek|
|Arc of Departure -- Carol Panaro-Smith & James Hajicek|
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--Anne Kelly, Associate Director, photo-eye Gallery