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Metamorphosis: Swallowtails

An interconnected series of swallowtail portraits

Dominic Harris’ Metamorphosis: Solo Swallowtails is a collection of artworks that celebrate and pay homage to the delicate beauty and complexity of the natural world. These intricate studies continue his fascination with butterflies, this time seeking to capture the essence of the Swallowtail butterflies. He highlights their colours, forms, and the iridescence that makes them so enchanting.
Harris digitally hand-paints the butterflies on a tablet, layer by layer, imbuing them with life and iridescence. As he and his team craft the controlling code, the butterflies are set free, their wings shimmering with the magic of structured color – a celebration of the microscopic patterns that manipulate light and create ever-changing hues. Through this blending of art and technology, he exhibits a fidelity to nature through his signature execution of digital color and code.
Inviting viewers to engage with the artwork, Harris fosters a deeper connection with the subjects and encourages reflection on the fragility of nature and humanity's role within it. He weaves a delicate tapestry of interconnected life, capturing the ethereal essence of his nine chosen subjects. Each, inspired by a real species, unites in a collective constellation, evoking a sense of unity and interconnectedness.
The Swallowtails are utilized as a symbol – a reminder of the transient nature of existence, the delicate balance of life, and the power of transformation. In their collective dance, we see a reflection of our own interconnectedness, the strength that lies in unity, and our place in the intricate web of life.

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Edition of 8 + 2 AP + 2 MP


Code, electronics, display, sensors, aluminium


Sold uniquely as the full set of 9 butterflies.

Each frame is networked for interactivity between butterfly canvases.

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Dimensions in MM:

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

2670 (W) x 2670 (H) x 104 (D) mm (full set)

Dimensions in INCHES:

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

105 (W) x 105 (H) x 4.1 (D) inches (full set)

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