BETTY’S BUTTERFLY BOX
Projection of my film Betty’s Butterfly Box, from a magic lantern, in the attic of the 16th century cottage at Furzey. Installation view, 2022.
The use of a magic lantern refers to the work of the plant hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward who collected many of the plants found in Furzey Gardens. He gave magic lantern shows in order to fund raise for his next expedition.
This film is in recognition / in memoriam for the plants, animals and insects killed, collected, named and categorised by the British during the Empire – but also in recognition of the ecological work done at Furzey Gardens today, which includes the annual Butterfly survey.