clockwise from upper left: Ghost, Lost, Collapse, Possessed

The Aurelians

butterflies, beetles,
& dragonflies
in wooden cases with
electronics & video
each 12" x 12" x 5"
2003

Referring to the first entomology society in 17th c. England, The Aurelians is a set of four pinned insect collections, each commenting on the legacy of this practice. Ghost shows a mechanical butterfly tumbling in slow motion on a tiny video monitor, amidst a set of pinned butterflies. Collapse is a heap of broken butterflies at the bottom of a box. In Lost, one beetle in a large collection spins slowly counterclockwise. In Possessed, one of three dragonflies gives a fleeting twitch every few minutes.

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