Lepidoptery is the branch of entomology that scientifically studies, preserves and collects moths and butterflies. The collection of insects started in the 17th century and it was considered a fashionable activity among the wealthy. Fetching butterflies was especially in vogue as they were considered precious exotic jewels to display in ‘cabinets of curiosities’. Now collecting Lepidoptera is a common hobby, but Rosenwald shed new light on the matter by portraying the Morpho Godarti enclosed and caged in its frame, exposing the insect’s passive beauty and reflecting on the viewer’s gaze. In this context, the butterfly, confined and trapped in its white case, always ready to be looked at, becomes a metaphor for the female body in today’s society. As a docile and submissive moth, the woman is exhibited and consumed by the viewers’ eyes. Rosenwald through the exhibition, Lepidoptery, studies and portrays the objectification and daily consumption of women’s bodies through metaphors, surreal settings and funny yet dark vernacular. The artist depicts women that camouflage in their surrounding and that become one with it. Female bodies, as objects in a room, as captive insects, as for wallpaper, undergo a deep investigation on the role of women in today’s contemporary culture.
The works will be part of the London Art Fair 2021.
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