"The Broken Queen", 2015, acrylic, ink, white pastel on MDF, 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inches.)
A butterfly (a female of the species Danaus plexippus, the Monarch Butterfly) appears to the viewer as though in a fragmented mirror, the graceful and complex pattern of the wings broken into facets and isolated pieces.
The panel is first prepared with white latex enamel, then a rough surface of black acrylic and plaster dust, then sanded to allow the light undercoat to show through the distressed black layer. Onto this, in black ink and thinned white acrylic, a pattern of angular fragments -- some displaying bits of the butterfly's wings -- is created, using fine hatchwork to provide tone.
ink, white charcoal, acrylic