In Lepidoptera, her new exhibition of intaglio etchings, Sarah Horowitz delves in to the infinite variety of the world of lepidopterans- commonly known as moths. Granted access to the Oregon State Arthropod Collection in Corvallis, OR- an archive of nearly 3 million insect specimens- Horowitz chose a selection of particularly intriguing creatures as the subjects of these delicately drawn prints. She found appeal in physical traits such as striking patterns, exquisite details, wing forms- but she also found much interest in the behaviors of certain moths. Some destroy crops and trees, while others are equipped to camouflage themselves as lichen while still others mimic butterflies and hummingbirds.
Her fine, assured linework- scratched and etched into copper with the aid of a magnification visor and bolstered with slight aquatint tones- take on the aesthetic task performed by the textures and bright coloration of the insects themselves. Graphic and subtle, Horowitz's representations convey a fascinating sense of personality and individuality.