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Metamorphosis: Primary

An interactive study of digitally hand-painted butterflies.
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"Metamorphosis: Primary" embodies key principles which underpin much of Dominic Harris’s work, his commentary on transformation and regeneration.  "Primary" is a constellation of digital lepidoptera, each one crafted by hand at the microscopic level to create unique depth and iridescence. The artwork is a study of the three most primary colours of red, yellow and blue, brought to life through the interactive rabble of depicted butterflies.

The artwork invites the viewer  to interact with creatures no longer forbidden to touch, allowing the viewer to engage with the butterflies and experience their fluttering beauty. Meticulously hand-crafted on a tablet with layered brushstrokes of digital paint, the resultant synergy of colour, texture and iridescence lends a truly lifelike quality to each digital butterfly specimen.

"Primary" explores the three principal colours found in nature and seeks to evoke this simple beauty inherent in its iconography. By focusing on the first three colours learned in nearly every early childhood, Harris alludes to a more innocent time of hope and possibility, a primal concept which can touch and be appreciated by all observers. "Metamorphosis Primary" connects us at an emotional level to “transform” our perception of the embodied colours.




Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs


Code, electronics, touch display, sensors, aluminium.


25 hand-painted butterflies

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Dimensions in MM:

757 (W) x 757 (H) x 104 (D) mm, framed

Dimensions in INCHES:

29.8 (W) x 29.8 (H) x 4.1 (D) inches, framed

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