At the end of last year my friend found a monarch butterfly with an injured wing on the sidewalk near his home in LA. Most people would have walked on by, but not this man. Artist David Gilmore and his partner took the butterfly under their wing and took her home, by the end of the day she had a name "Mimi" and began an artisan life as model, actress and muse.
Then the inspiration began and beautiful images of Mimi in conjunction with David's beautiful art began to emerge. She was inspirational. She touched us all.
Then one day in late January David broke the news that Mimi had passed, her life cycle had ended. This tiny creature had moved me so much that from the other side of the world I cried, with my children who cried too. We mourned this ethereal being who had meant so much to us from so far away. It was then that I knew I would create a place in my installation to honour Mimi and her effect on us. I had to learn to crochet to do this, and it took many attempts to make a Mimi I was happy with.
|Crocheting Mimi on Santa Monica Beach|
She was crocheted in many parts of the world, as it was important to me that she should have travelled and created in as many places as possible. I crocheted her in Germany, London, on a flight from Frankfurt to LA, on Santa Monica Beach, in Finland, in Belgium and The Netherlands, on set, off set, and all kind of other places in between. She was finally completed during the road trip to Austria and the World Bodypainting Festival.
|The finished result.|
Mimi was placed with great love in The Coalescence of Creation Installation as a symbol of hope eternal.
|Life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.|
Here is to Mimi.
"My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies, fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly my friends" Freddie Mercury.