Twilight Dreams of a Papilio Demoleus

Twilight Dreams of a Papilio Demoleus
2011 | Fine art archival print | 27 X 50 inches (68.58 X 127 cm) | Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Using two cameras triggered in-synchronicity to capture one moment as a stereoscopic image, Twilight Dreams of a Papilio Demoleus delves into themes of personal identity, existence, and the twilight terrain they dwell in.

Partly inspired by Zhuang Zi's Butterfly Dream, a classic philosophical investigation of personal identity and reality, I have chosen the Lime Butterfly (Papilio Demoleus) commonly found in Singapore to symbolise myself.

The ambivalence of twilight has always fascinated me, making me feel vulnerable and empowered in turns. To me, twilight is the pause in the rhythm of life as the day gradually winds down, thus opening up a private space to contemplate life and also to fret over the uncertainties of tomorrow. I want to capture that fleeting feeling through these images - a sense of hope in the midst of vulnerability.

As this stereoscopic process greatly heightens the precision in capturing a single static moment, it 'freezes' time, creating a pause in this twilight dreamscape within which the elusive butterfly flutters about freely, appearing only on one side of the diptych.

Through these images, I want to open up to the audience a space for contemplation; a pause where one can reflect upon this universal theme of personal existence and identity; and a sense of its fragile beauty within our mundane world.