This piece arose from the discovery of several disconnected butterfly wings over a period of two days following my decision to create a piece for ‘Trees for Life’. In juxtaposing line and order with flow and movement, in showing the dissolution of apparent solidity, ‘Fragile’ evokes a sense of entropy, impermanence and transition – the return to source which all things must make, no matter how substantial we perceive them to be.*
Where earth and world meet, eventually we discover that it is WE who are fragile, despite superficial appearances. Ephemeral and short-lived they may be, but Life has an endless supply of Butterflies. And if not butterflies – something else will arise. For Life is the ultimate creator; the supreme artist; the greatest recycling force in the universe.
We disrespect and misunderstand that power at our peril, or work with it to fulfill our true potential and discover our OWN true nature, which Nature is reflecting back to us constantly…
ORIGINAL ART by JAY TAYLOR. Copyright and all rights reserved. Acrylics and collaged objects on 6″×9″ board.
*In 2011 I agreed to create an original artwork as a contribution to Trevor Jones’ Twitter-inspired charity exhibition for the Trees for Life campaign, which is raising funds to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. 140 artists from all over the world, mostly recruited through Twitter and other social media, each produced and donated an original artwork or signed, limited edition photo print in 6”x9” format. The artworks were then offered for sale for £45 each, either online or during an exhibition held in Edinburgh in November 2011. I am really happy to have created and donated an artwork to this worthy cause. ‘Fragile’ sold almost immediately to a gallery owner in Edunburgh, and the money raised from its sale was soon planting trees! :o)