450mm x 600mm x 55mm (17.7" x 23.6" x 2.2")
Resin, powdered pigment, acryllic paint, gold leaf, pearl pins on cradled panel
The Southern Cross is a constellation of five stars which can only be seen from the southern hemisphere. These stars pinpoint Australia’s geographical location. The Southern Cross appears on the Australian flag. As a child these stars were pointed out to me in the night sky by my father on many of our wonderful camping trips.
The butterflies are pinned specimens (I used pearl headed pins). They are pinned to the stars on the Southern Cross. This represents of the fragility of our natural world and the threat of extinction. There is a real 3D quality due to the layering of resin in this painting.
This is a YouTube video of me creating "Southern Cross"