BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis

The opening of the exhibition BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis by Signe Klejs at Galleri Image was also the opening of an artwork by her in the Demo Room. The piece goes by the same title as the exhibition, and depicts the wing of a Large tortoiseshell butterfly or Nymphalis polychloros (in Danish: Kirsebærtakvinge).
Exhibition duration:
13-09-2019 - 26-01-2020
Medium:
Title:
BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis
Artist:
Signe Klejs
The opening of the exhibition BLOWN AWAY - A Butterfly Necropolis by Signe Klejs at Galleri Image was also the opening of an artwork by her in the Demo Room. The piece goes by the same title as the exhibition, and depicted the wing of a Large tortoiseshell butterfly or Nymphalis polychloros (in Danish: Kirsebærtakvinge), which is a critically endangered species in Denmark. 

A Butterfly flapping its wings can be the cause of a hurricane on the other side of the Earth. That is a popular interpretation of the chaos theory, which describes how small changes at the beginning of a process can have significant effect later on. 

The exhibition BLOWN AWAY was influenced by chaos theory and addressed the ways in which human actions can affect our surroundings and have more impactful consequences than can be predicted. Do we have enough understanding of the fact that we are a global community in which everyone and everything is affected? How do we part with the things that are disappearing as a result of our actions? More land and climate changes affect flora and fauna and more than half of the butterfly species here in Denmark are therefore vulnerable or threatened by extinction. 

The main piece in the exhibition was a video archive depicting colors and patterns from the more than 12 species of butterflies which are now extinct in Denmark. This extinction which has happened over a few decades and is caused by changes to their living conditions. Butterflies are called nature’s thermometers because they react quickly to environmental changes. Farming of Klejs’ latest works all engage with variability as a result of changes in the surrounding environment. She has used data from sources such as the setting sun and local wind conditions, seeking to depict the relationship between environment (nature) and artwork (culture).

About the artist: 
Signe Klejs (b. 1974) is a Danish artist with a master’s in Design with Digital Media from Design School Kolding and Universität der Künste Berlin, where she studied experimental media art. In her work, she challenges the potential in digital art through what she defines as, relational encounters between body, space and technology. She works across many genres including, stage art, visual arts, site specific art, installations and transmedia projects. Klejs' art has been exhibited all over Scandinavia, in Europe, Asia and the US. During the European Cultural Capital in Aarhus 2017 Klejs created the piece Hesitation of Light. Since May 2019, her permanent light installation Zeitgeist has been installed on the façade of The Women’s Museum in Aarhus.
You can read more on her website: www.cygne.dk.