Inspired by her fascination with the relationship between life and death, this new series is a vivid exploration of that world.
In many cultures, butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls; some religions sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection while others view them as representing endurance, change, and hope.
She received her first butterfly as a gift and was challenged to incorporate it into her work. Sparked by the gift, Sicerra studied how to handle these delicate creatures; from the rehydration process to the pinning and drying to the arrangement. Through much trial and error, her first StillLife was completed.
Since then, she has worked with numerous sanctuaries from around the world to ethically source her specimens. Collecting those that have died of natural causes, they are then packaged and shipped to her Oakland studio ready to begin the process of becoming art.
Her stencils are inspired from the women passed on the street with a mix of her own imagination. Each work is artfully arranged to display the specimen’s brilliance and unique coloring. Then, by painting the stenciled woman on the underside of the glass, the completed piece is meant to symbolize the beauty within each of us.