Lepidoptera is part of a series of work exploring the ephemeral quality of beauty and existence. It was inspired by the butterfly collections very popular during Victorian and Edwardian times, and this one has been printed with sepia ink on a japanese golden paper. Some butterflies are with "chine -collé", i.e. with the japanese paper underneath, some other are printed on the plain paper. There are multiple variations of Lepidoptera, in total, there are 20 prints, with different decorative japanese papers. Only 2 prints were made with this variation (golden Chiyogami paper), and this one is the last one of the two, the first one having been sold already. The framed print pictured here is Number 1 of 2, the one on sale is Number 2 of 2. It has been framed to measure by my framer, in order to evoke the Victorian curiosity boxes butterfly collections were sometimes presented in.
ink on Somerset paper (using a traditionally etched zinc plate) and chine-collé (Japanese Chiyogami paper)