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On the Wings of the Wind

Peter Van Ael's avatar Peter Van Ael

"On the Wings of the Wind, Carried like a Butterfly, to the back of the Rainbow on a Sunny Day" consists of four unique impression variants of a reduction woodcut and offset reduction woodcut over digital image prints. The image size is 16" x 40". The series originated on a hot summer day in 2020 as I lost myself in the observation of a kaleidoscope of Monarchs in my backyard fluttering back and forth from wild thistle to cultivated stonecrop flowers for hours on end, apparently oblivious to smaller pollinators spending more focused time with individual blooms. Their seemingly carefree aerial ballet was interrupted by a sudden and brief downpour. As a faint faint rainbow formed in the distance, the Monarch swarm disappeared from my sight. While my work has been informed by patterns in the insect world for quite a while, during the Covid-19 pandemic I have found much needed inner peace and calm in the observation of our natural environment.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0.1 inches
  • Medium: Reduction Woodcut and offset reduction woodcut over digital image
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 16 inches