Butterfly Art About Missing, Murdered and Abused Native American Women
Opening reception and artist talk Friday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.at the Art Base Charles J. Wyly Gallery.
The Art Base is honored to exhibit Metamorphosis, by photographer Ben Timpson. A descendant of the Pueblo Indian Tribes, Timpson uses safe-sourced butterfly wings to create portraits of Native American women who have been murdered, domestically abused or have gone missing. These women are two and a half times more likely to be raped or killed than any other women in the country.
There is an enigma surrounding the butterfly; it is fragile, yet strong. Timpson states, “I am inspired by nature and feel compelled to tell the story of these women through the symbolic nature of the butterfly wing. The butterfly represents metamorphosis, fragility and hope, and it is revered and respected by tribes of the American Southwest.”
Timpson researches victims and connects with family members to explain the project and intent of his work. Families share photographs that he uses for reference for the portraits. Timpson works on a light table to construct a portrait from butterfly wings. The portraits are encased in wooden frames and backlit to show the transmitted and reflective light qualities of each piece. “It is my hope that this series brings awareness to a very important issue through beauty and change,” says Timpson.
Benjamin Timpson is an artist specializing in interdisciplinary mediums including photography, painting, and sculpture. Timpson was awarded a Poynter Fellowship at Yale University in 2019. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Colorado Mountain College/Aspen; the Allegany National Photography exhibition with juror Shannon Thomas Perich, curator of the Photographic History Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; the Alternative Processes exhibition at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina; the Black and White exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. He received his MFA from Indiana University. Timpson is currently the Assistant Professor of Photography at the Arizona State University. He was once the Photography and New Media Studio Coordinator at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.