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Insect Collections  -  Insects and Memories

"Just as  a butterfly is caught and preserved in a specimen box, so do we capture our experiences and archive them as our memories."

 

A long held fascination with insects, from childhood memories of playing in her rambling family garden and down by the creek inspired Philippa's 'Insects and Memories' series. The artist also has an interest in natural history collections and marvels at the dinosaur  beautiful, colourful exotic butterfly collections; herbariums, dinosaur fossils and more:

 "I believe our natural history collections are as much about our social history and the context of the time they were collected in, as they are about the natural flora and fauna preserved; the collector as well as the collected. I use natural history collections as a metaphor for presenting my themes and thoughts. My artwork reflects this duality. My works can be simply enjoyed aesthetically yet they function on different levels, with both personal and social meaning. I enjoy watching people do a double take  and peer into the works when they realise there is something more in there. I aim to build up layer on layer and often include an image within an image."

 

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Monarch Butterfly
Lepidoptera
Monarch Butterfly AR app
Yellow Admiral Butterfly Collection
Honey Bee
Honey Bee Collection
Cicada
Cicada
Puriri Moth and Cicada collections
Puriri Moth
Commissioned butterflies on boards,
Monarch Butterfly collection
Monarch and Huhu
Red Admiral Butterfly
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Puriri Moth collection
Stag Beetle
Giant Weta
Giant Weta collection
White Butterfly collection
Puriri Moth
Birdwing Butterfly
Birdwing Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly, single
Huhu Beetles
Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly Collection
Ladybird
Stag Beetle
Paperwing Butterfly
Honey Bee
Honey Bee collection
Puriri Moth Collection
White Butterfly collection
Monarch Butterfly
Ladybirds collection
Brass butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
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