Notes from 3,222 (working title)

WORK IN PROGRESS

Artist’s film: approx 6 mins duration

Graphite pencil drawings with labels: sizes variable

In this project, I imagine India’s Falgu river centuries from now, significantly altered by global heating and changes in biodiversity. Through the fictional eyes of a botanist duo, I am working on a series of drawings and a film, imagining how fauna and flora might evolve during this time period. My scientists collect data, make drawings and takes notes during an expedition near where, circa 500 BCE, the Buddha achieved Enlightenment.The exhibition Notes from 3,222 will feature my drawings alongside fictional notes detailing how these organisms have evolved and a short film that features the scientists in rhyming dialogue with each other, questioning their work, the moral problems science must address, and its relationship to spirituality.

June 18, 3,222 Note 465b: Class: Insecta / Order: Lepidoptera / Family: Nymphalidae / Genus: Junonia / Species TBC (‘Infinity Moth’) T and I have nicknamed this an ‘Infinity Moth’, although it is in fact a butterfly. A close relative would appear to be the Bodh Gaya Peacock Pansy: Junonia AlmanaCylindrical. Head blackish, slightly hairy, wings saffron. Has feint dorsal, subdorsal and lateral blackish line, and a very pronounced marking spreading symmetrically across the thorax, forewings and hindwings which resembles the ‘endless knot’ found in the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. Early observations suggest that the butterfly can make this marking appear and disappear at will, aiding in camouflage.