The nature of the specimens I work with often draws my work towards Vanitas themes, it's why I started working with them in the first place. I find it interesting that in nature one of the most beautiful times of year is one in which things are dying but in a way I know is necessary to make way for the next season. It is a life cycle I am much more comfortable with than my own and a reminder to try to approach each day as if it could be my last

Framed piece comprising of two large Atlas Moths with leaves cut from the wings. These leaves are displayed with the specimen falling through the frame. 

Attacus Atlas or the Atlas moth is one of the largest lepidopterans with a wingspan of up to 24cm. They are found in forests and shrublands throughout South, East and Southeast Asia.

Many of my specimens come from historical collections, others through from breeding and conservation projects (read more here).

Limited edition piece available for exhibition and commission, email me on hello@fionaparkinson.com for more details