20” x 20”

Acrylic on Paper

The semi-precious stone Malachite inspired this arrangement of iridescent beetles, birds, butterflies, fish, and praying mantis on a bed of ferns, venus fly traps, and blue-green algae. Malachite itself is a saturated blue green stone with layers of deep black. These greens are deep: they glow from the translucent quality of the fern leaves and stems. The scales of a butterfly wing or the exoskeleton of a stag beetle refracts a rainbow of greens, blues, and even gold and violet. Some are glossy, some soft and even velvety like the baby fern curls. Some, like the beta fish and jewel praying mantis, glitter and shimmer. These different textures and tones make up what I think of when I imagine “malachite.”