Resonator for a Blue Re-evolution
The seed for the work comes from, conceptually connects to, a trip to the Amazon in 1993 and a liminal encounter with a blue morpho butterfly. In 2012 I was awarded a residency with a British physicist and with use of his scanning electron microscope, images generated allowed me to ‘live in’ this organism’s nano-architecture, creating its brilliant blue structural color. The butterfly wing is covered with hundreds of ‘pixel size’scales. With 3D rendering software I was able to scale up the critical nano-architecture, a tiny portion of one minute scale on the butterfly wing, 50,000 times. This urge is not only to understand the physics of light underplay, but to metaphorically utilize this underworld as a suggestive act of metamorphosis and transformation associated with light and the properties of blue. This relic captures a structure invisible to the naked eye, mutating our understanding of boundary and giving rise to the heterogeneity of light.