Roost

laser cut cotton
Installation approx. 100 x 30 x 30 cm, 2020

Hundreds of laser cut cotton wings are hung together in a bunch to mimic how monarch butterflies come together to form what is called a roost. Monarchs roost at night during migration and when they go through diapause, a hibernation-like state, during the winter season. They can be found in handfuls and up to tens of thousands on one tree alone. The largest congregations happen when they overwinter in the mountain areas in the southern states and Mexico in oyamel fir forests. Roost hung in a tree during my exhibition Our Foreign Backyard in Portugal to represent the wings that will not roost again due to their decline caused by climate change.