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Judith Monroe - "Butterfly Collection #5"

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Artist: Judith Monroe
Title: Butterfly Collection #5
Medium: Mixed Media on Panel
Dimensions: 6"h x 6"w

Mountain Blue Swallowtail. Includes photo transfers, acrylic, color pencil, ephemera, and dried pressed leaf on cradled wood panel.

"Butterfly Collection #5" depicts a butterfly centered on a pale background that features map elements. Various geographic features such as contour lines, grids, and color-coded areas form the backdrop. The map underneath the butterfly is worn and faded. The butterfly itself is detailed and looks realistically rendered with a predominantly black color palette and hints of blue and yellow towards the edges of its wings. The wings are spread out, giving a full view of their shape and patterns, which include delicate striations and small spots. The body of the butterfly is slender and centered between the wings. The work is encased in a layered border that gives it a textured effect. The border features neutral, earthy colors including cream, beige, and hints of pastel blue, with visible brushstrokes and a rough, uneven surface that impart an organic, tactile quality to the piece. Some areas of the border exhibit cracking and a slight relief, adding to the textured appearance. Overall, the piece seems to juxtapose the natural, organic form of the butterfly with the structured, human-made representation of the earth through maps, inviting contemplation on the relationship between nature and human perception.