My Butterfly, My Pelvis
Krisaya Luenganantakul is an artist from Thailand and my art class was fortunate enough to have her as a guest speaker today.
When she spoke about this piece she said that people had a misconception that women are fragile. So she used the pelvic bone, the bone that helps cradle the baby before it’s born, as a sign of strength. This bone combined with the butterflies and flowers helps to convey the message that women are beautiful and strong.
You can see more of her art here
13 Species of Thecla (genus) butterflies from Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera of Biologia Centrali-Americana, an encyclopedia of natural history of Central America. A landmark and still often-cited work, Smithsonian Libraries has digitized 58 volumes that you can explore at electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana.
A full page illustration is for the last New Yorker fiction “Mayfly” by Kevin Canty.
Big thanks to AD Jordan Awan who suggested that we could create an edge to edge butterfly piece focusing on the first paragraph of the story: “Driving across the Utah desert on I‐70, James hit a butterfly with his car. Then another. Then a shower of them, hitting the windshield like hail, wings trapped in the wipers, orange and black. The noise of them, muted but steady, woke Molly from her trance, and she looked out the windshield, at broken wings and yellow smears.”
You can read the process post on my drawger.
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