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

Luce Center Label

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.

Luce Object Quote

“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
16 x 9 3/4 x 1/4 in. (40.6 x 24.8 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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