Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Big Butterfly Flow

The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.
Paul Erlich

'Big Butterfly Flow' is a 100x100cm silk paper cut. Butterflies glide and flutter on breezes of air and cloud. Are they causing the breezes or are they simply taking advantage of them?

The Butterfly effect is the idea that a butterfly‘s wings create a small change in the air around them. This causes a chain of events to unfold that eventually leads to a large weather event such as a storm or a typhoon. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, everything might have been vastly different. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

There are many times in our life when we may feel as small as a butterfly, and when we think that the things we do have as little effect as the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings.  We think that in our own little space alloted to us, in the small roles given us to play, we make almost no difference in the lives of those around us.

Little however do we know that what we do may truly result in a big difference later on, creating waves of change that would not have happened had we not taken the initiative to do our part. (Anon)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Lost in Forest Wild

There's an inner child in all of us. Here's one. His name is Daniel. Here he is smiling unaware of his dark shadow behind him. But there's another problem.... He's lost

This silk paper cutting was cut in 2009 and is currently on show at Suho Paper Museum in Taipei.
This silk paper cut is called ‘Lost in Forest Wild’. It’s a kind of fairy tale about Daniel and his adventure in a dark forest. It’s a story of Metamorphosis and discovery. 

The story starts with Daniel happily floating through life. He allows himself to be blown by the breezes of destiny. 

The problem is he’s unknowingly blown into a threatening forest. The trees are hungry!

Daniel is caught by one of the trees. He’s trapped and can’t escape. 

He’s absorbed into the tree. It swallows him up.  He becomes part of the woody insides eventually becoming part of a fruit. 

He realizes he needs to escape. This is the first decision he’s made in a very long time. Using all his strength he breaks out of the fruit and climbs onto the branches. 

He climbs higher and higher until he reaches the top of the tree.  Freedom at last! 

Around him the wind blows, the sun shines and butterflies flutter in the breeze. Through this experience he has rediscovered himself. But will he be able to control his destiny?