Fairy Bug by Amanda J Slack-Smith

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A series I worked on in 2001. A coincidence of moments – a few days after talking to a friend about the old pin the bug science experiments we used to do in school I came across the Squished Fairy Book a children’s’ book about a girl who collects fairies in a scrap book by squishing them between the pages of her book. Loved it and decided to play around with the two ideas together.

Interestingly when I first exhibited them I was abused by some of the gallery patrons for the ‘nasty’ ‘horrible’ work which ‘they would never have on their walls’.


  • illicit
    illicitover 7 years ago

    I know the book you are talking about it is fabulous, strangely enough….love it

  • Craig Shillington
    Craig Shillingtonover 7 years ago

    Yeah .. .I remember that book too ;) Kudos for linking the two!! Your work is ….. fascinating!! I find it hard to comment, but so easy to get lost in!! You certainly are … intriguing!!

  • georgiegirl
    georgiegirlover 7 years ago

    It’s clearly not a real fairy… or you wouldn’t have done it! Not like those biologist who actually pin real bugs to boards… poor things. This looks great! Wings are fantastic… colours very olde worlde!!

  • kimshillington
    kimshillingtonover 7 years ago

    Oh I love this Amanda, the tones are beautiful. What a lovely piece indeed. The textures really add to this, well done:)

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 7 years ago

    Disturbing yet mesmerising and intriguing!!

  • Jordan Clarke
    Jordan Clarkeover 7 years ago

    Gosh some people are so small minded…Imagination is never constrained by the real world…This is a beautiful piece – it caught my eye in your profile picture and I just had to check it out. I love the colours and textures, it’s truly gorgeous. There is something so potent about the loss of innocence, which is what those gallery patron were probably struck by without realising. I love the story behind this…adds to the reading of this image.
    Thank you so much for your comment on my latest posting – it’s great to receive the feedback!

  • Amanda J Slack-Smith
    Amanda J Slack...over 7 years ago

    Thanks Jordan – you are right about the reaction. The older me now appreciates that a strong reaction is better than bland indifference. The younger me took a while to get over it.

    Thank you also to everyone else – I am very happy the Pressed Fairy Book is loved by others as well :)

  • victoria buckley
    victoria buckleyover 7 years ago

    i heard this great story about a prominent art collector in nyc in the 70’s who passed a gallery full of almost blank white canvas’s. he loathed the work so much that he immediately bought out the show because there is a truism in the art world that if you initially hate the work its probably very good, and if you really hate it, it’s likely to be the next big thing!.

  • victoria buckley
    victoria buckleyover 7 years ago

    ..which of course minimalism was.
    maybe we are entering an era of fairy crushing :(

  • Amanda J Slack-Smith
    Amanda J Slack...over 7 years ago

    A valid point :) Interestingly if we were entering an era of fairy crushing I would be one of those people trying to save them – either that or I’ll be too busy trying to find an art critic that hates my work but has deep pockets…..

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