Butterflies flutter and settle on a meadow of cornflower as the sun rises.
The oldest of human ancestors lived under two million years ago. Butterflies have lived on earth for fifty million years. Not only have butterflies become an important part of the food chain where I live and in many parts of the world, they are widely used to study the impact of habitat decline and climate change.
Since my birth, there has been an 80% decline in the numbers of butterflies that used to be found in the chalk downlands of Southern England where I live.
Although much of my artwork is abstract, I am increasingly using representational art to encourage a wider audience to ponder on those things I find most important. Butterflies are delicate and beautiful to the eye, yet also symbolize freedom and vulnerability, two qualities often at odds, yet at the very centre of the human response to climate change.
Mike de Sousa
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