Strong parallels can be drawn between the inquisitive investigations and reinterpretations within Dominic Harris’s work, and the design and performance aspects of Oliver Smart’s work. When these two artists and makers first met in 2014 they talked initially about their respective works interrogating nature and movement. What then transpired was the launch of one of the most ambitious collaboration either artist had ever undertaken.
The butterfly piece has been a unique and extraordinary journey of collaboration, prototyping, merging of technologies and techniques, and meticulous production. The desire to uncover the essential character of the butterfly in physical appearance and mechanical movement has been realised through a true labour of love. This essence of the artwork is not just the entire complexity of the study of this fascinating creature; indeed, it was the fascination in the process of uncovering, simplifying and abbreviating towards the essential movements and behaviours that defined the final artwork.