Butterfly: Sacred Transformation

  • Jody Stewart-Keller, Butterfly: Sacred Transformation, 1993, stitched and woven glass beads, Austrian lead crystal beads, and sterling silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of her great-great grandmother, Annie Crippen, Ojibwa, 1996.95

In Butterfly: Sacred Transformation, Jody Stewart-Keller weaves together tiny dots of color” using glass beads to create a miniature mosaic butterfly. The color of butterflies comes from light reflecting off the tiny scales that line their wings, and Stewart-Keller incorporates a variety of beads, including luster, opaque, silver-lined, and transparent, to achieve the same effect. The title refers to the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, which, in many cultures, signifies spiritual rebirth.

In nature, the butterfly is a marvel of beauty and mystery … When a [caterpillar] becomes a butterfly, it goes through an amazing metamorphosis. This transformation renders a creature that captivates mankind.” Artist’s statement

Title
Butterfly: Sacred Transformation
Artist
Date
1993
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
169 3414 in. (40.624.8 x .6 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in memory of her great-great grandmother, Annie Crippen, Ojibwa

Mediums
Mediums Description
stitched and woven glass beads, Austrian lead crystal beads, and sterling silver
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – insect – butterfly
Object Number
1996.95
Palette
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