Butterflies and Moths of English Countryside
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This is the first time she has meshed three books together, and their marriage was serendipitous. Kerry Miller happened to be working on three books about flowers and butterflies simultaneously, "but beyond their subject matter, the flowers and butterflies were not related in any way" (the two flower books were vols 1 and 2 of the same book). They were each found in completely separate locations across England...but when Kerry saw the fresh cut paper flowers and butterflies laying side by side on her work bench, she felt it would be cruel to not let them live together. So three sculptures became one.
It is a bit mind boggling to think that this lifelike expanse of flowers and butterflies all came from three tiny old books. It makes more sense when you know a little more about Kerry Miller. She was brought up in the English Countryside. Her father was a botanist who showed her the artistry of nature and taught her to appreciate the beauty in small things. As a result, she spent many hours of the summer holidays roaming around collecting flowers and insects, particularly butterflies and moths.
For Kerry Miller, creating pieces this large are nice to make up to a point. The detail is so painstaking. One butterfly can take up to three hours. Multiply that by hundreds and you can start to get a sense of the work Kerry puts into each sculpture.