Heather Ellyard Photo Title : Heather Shain Ellyard
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butterfly collection, 1977

Abraxas Gallery, Canberra Australia

I was living in Papua New Guinea and invited to participate in a Christmas Card Show in Australia. I decided to make a global village of butterflies to pin on the wall. From plywood, I cut shapes of 20 butterflies from all over the world, labelled them entomologically and geographically, and painted them with life-force images. Butterflies are short-lived and beautiful.


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