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Friends and art collectors gathered at The Untitled Space for the artist reception of “Mortem//Papiliones,” – an exhibition of works by Joseph Grazi and Indira Cesarine. Boldly exploring the darkness in the beauty of transformation, the exhibition includes sculpture, drawing and photography revolving around the themes of life, death and the butterfly. Many cultures associate the butterfly with the soul, and it has traditionally represented transformation – from pudgy caterpillars, to the magnificent butterfly, and ultimately – dust.

Works by Joseph Grazi include Garden Sculptures 1 & 2, created by juxtaposing taxidermied bats and dried butterflies on wood, as well as several works of pencil on paper, including “Garden Party”, “Lions” and “Shrine.” Works by Indira Cesarine include new works Papiliones 1, 2 & 3, macro photographic visuals of a variety of butterfly species she photographed in Costa Rica, juxtaposed with her series Barbed Wire (Khmer Rouge Security Prison 21) 1, 2 & 3, which were photographed on site at the notorious dictator Pol Pot’s security prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

“Mortem//Papiliones” will be on display at The Untitled Space until July 10th.

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