The Rise of Butterfly Eyes

In this final installment of our week-long coverage around Promise, Witness, Remembrance, artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons reflects on her experience as a participating artist in the exhibition now on view at the Speed Museum, Louisville.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, butterfly eyes (For Breonna), from the series in the year of the pandemic, in the month of the awakening, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Speed Art Museum, Louisville.
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Luminous splash of colors, a light stroke in midair; flipping and 

folding a touch so delicate, a contour of such precision, 

Yesterday a cocoon today a rapturous, ebullient expanding wings

Tracing spaces not yet inhabited. 

Edges in soft transitions from blue to black, purple, gold

Saffron, ochre, gold drip from the lips red corner in the ascension.

Infinite’s loops, vertigo. A delirious smile. They hit the body 

The Eyes multiplies with blizzard force, there is storm of jewel gazes. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nashville 2021.

Promise, Witness, Remembrance is on view at the Speed Art Museum thru June 6, 2021. 
This essay is part of Burnaway’s week-long coverage of the exhibition.

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