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If a Butterfly Dies in the Forest… by Leonie Robison

21 February, 2019 - 12 March, 2019

Illedges ant blue butterfly, mixed media on paper, 53 5 x 72cm (incl frame)

—Opening Reception: 6-8pm, 21 February—-

In a time of rapid change on a global scale, Leonie Robison’s latest series of works, If a Butterfly Dies in the Forest…, confronts the effects of humanity’s development upon the environment and its inhabitants. Her largely abstract works focus on amplifying the wings of native Australian butterflies as a symbol for nature’s delicate beauty, conveying a sense of fragility in the soft lines and tones upon woodblock prints and mixed media drawings and paintings. The works make use of natural materials, textures and patterning, evoking a curiosity and delight in the natural aesthetic that in turn promotes an environmental consciousness, challenging her audience to reconsider the effects of their daily lives.

“My series is based on the butterfly effect and chaos theory, where everything is interconnected in the Earth’s grand narrative. It is focusing on native Australian butterflies to highlight the losses we have already sustained and the diversity we continue to lose. Imagine a world without the beauty of a passing butterfly fluttering by.” – Leonie Robison

The exhibition will be opened by Selena Griffith, Senior Lecturer at UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney.


21 February, 2019
12 March, 2019
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Edgecliff, NSW 2027 Australia
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