I was invited to create an installation for the exhibition titled, “Cross Pollination,” Curated by Valerie Roybal, with assistance from Claude Smith and independent curator Aimee Gwynne Franklyn. Cross Pollination refers to how insects and other creatures pollinate plant life, but also to the cross pollination of ideas in art and science. I want to create a piece that uses moths, nocturnal pollinators, as the vehicle for the cross-pollination and systematic exchange between people.
Anyone from around the world may participate by making paper moths. Moths will be cataloged and attached to the gallery in a giant geographically accurate web. This web will trace the origin location to every participating person. The moths will “fly out” from Brooklyn, NY and “fly” from city to state to country tracing the “migration” paper of people’s participation. Please note due to the expected number of participants, I will not be able to return the moths.
My goal is to create and attract at least 40,000 moths. The number derives from the number of moths a grizzly bear may eat per day prior to hibernation.
• Color: black, white or grey paper and or/ink
• Size: No larger than 6″ (15cm) and no smaller than 1″ (2.5cm).
• Paper weight can be variable, from 30g/m to 270g/m.
• Matte paper only please
• Species: Any type of moth specific to your region.
• Deadline: All moths must arrive by July 15, 2017
• Mediums: cut paper, linocut, litho, etching, laser cut, silkscreen, drawing, no photograph no digital prints. Keep image simple or plain
• Documentation: All locations and connections of people will be documented on paper and my website.
• You may make as many or as little moths as you like, but it would be ideal to have at least 5, for visual groupings.
• Please print name, city or town, state or province, country and who you found out about the project from. I will trace everyone back to the origin.
Please email your intention to participate and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive mailing instructions, once you confirm your participation.