Gallery: Spectacular Swarms of Cyanotype-Printed Butterflies Form Urban...

 
As a scientific method for documenting species, the cyanotype representation acts as as a stand in for the real thing

Lewis’s work takes care not to permanently affect the environment, and each of the blue cotton prints can be removed, to create a dazzling—yet temporary—intervention into the landscape. According to the artist, the works are linked to the scientific use of cyanotype printing, which was a popular technique for image-making in the beginning of last century.

As a scientific method for documenting species, the cyanotype representation acts as as a stand in for the real thing, much as Lewis’s pieces bring vibrant scatterings of nature and its form into otherwise drab urban settings.

+ Tasha Lewis

Images courtesy of Tasha Lewis

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