Width: 30Height: 33Depth: 8
From the artist:
My local environment, is dominated by the South Downs. The view from my loom is of the nearby hill, Malling Down, a nature reserve. There is also a blind valley called The Coombe. This is a noted location for the rare Adonis Blue butterfly. It is found on chalk downland where its caterpillar’s food, Horseshoe Vetch (yellow flowers) is found. The butterflies like the sheltered sunny slopes of The Coombe. The Adonis Blue caterpillar has a symbiotic relationship with ants. The ants nurture the larvae and pupae, protecting them from predators and burying them at night. In return the ants are rewarded with a sugary secretion from the larvae’s honey glands. The colonies require short grassland, so the grazing sheep, cattle and horses also play a role in maintaining a suitable environment. For me, the Coombe is a magical environment that changes with the light. On sunny warm days the grassland appears to glow, which I have represented with knitted copper wire.