For the past few months, Tasha Lewis has been traveling around the US installing 400 cyanotype butterflies in public spaces…guerrilla style – the only style that EK loves. Each cyanotype butterfly is printed on cotton fabric and is attached to a small, yet powerful magnet to ensure that no harm or damage is done to any surface.
“I hope that these ephemeral installations will turn into public performances and events as the swarm grows even bigger. My goal is to toe the line between subversive street art and lyrical apparition.”
Lewis is currently based out Indianapolis where she continues to create her guerrilla butterflies.
“My current body of work was drawn from an investigation into the cultural/scientific/historical context in which the cyanotype was born. Popularized by scientists, and botanists in particular, the cyanotype is intrinsically tied into the scientific recording boom of the late 19th and early 20th century. These are the times of the curiosity cabinet, the prints of Anna Atkins and a rush of explorers/scientists to colonial lands only to bring back specimens from foreign ecosystems.
The cyanotype is a process of documenting. The resultant image is a kind of scientific stand-in for the actual object in question. It is the trace of the original. In this way, like cyanotype’s use for building blue prints in more recent centuries, my work is formed as the re-presentation of something real; it is somehow not quite the object itself.”