My love of moths continues as I channeled the spirit of the Hyalophora cecropia Linnaeus or Cecropia moth, the largest native North American moth for my latest work of art.
Moths don’t always get a lot of love so I thought I’d showcase their beauty in this costume I created. I hand-painted the wings and skirt. The top and skirt I made using a pattern but altered a bit. The headpiece contains insects that I made from polymer clay, wire, crepe paper and paint. I also included in the headpiece irises that I made from crepe paper, dried flowers, store-bought flowers and rhinestones. The antennae are made from crepe paper and wire. The insects represented: Two carpenter bees (Xylocopa), an Indian Leaf (Kallima inachus) butterfly, a Cecropia (Hyalophora cecropia) moth, an Atlas (Attacus atlas) moth, a Luna (Actias luna) moth, and a Disturbed Tigerwing (Mechanitis polymnia) butterfly. The photos by my awesome photographer/son, Adrian.
Showcased at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. (where I am an artist-in-residence), I enjoyed greeting visitors and having them guess my costume. The antennae were a dead give-away to those who know the difference between butterfly and moth antenna. One person knew exactly what I was but, of course, she worked there!
I love the interactions nature and art bring. The garden recently had dancers and poets present their nature-inspired art to guests. Besides breaking down barriers, the arts promote conversations that would otherwise not happen.
Stay tuned for the next one! I’m thinking something in purple…
Editor’s note: this post originally ran on Unicia Buster’s blog.