Peter Miller: Photuris

It’s hard not to be astounded by the magic of fireflies – these hovering little sparks that produce their own light to transmit tidings of love. Biologically speaking, they do this to enable male and female insects to find one another in order to mate, but metaphorically, they serve as symbols of joy, and of the flickering of hidden romantic feelings. Many examples throughout the history of art attest to the artist’s unique experience of light. Peter Miller (born 1978) tapped into this tradition when he travelled to the Appalachian Mountains of the United States to observe that which is quite nearly invisible, the synchronous signalling of the Photinus carolinus fireflies. At the end of his journey, he produced the work that reflected these experiences in the form of an exhibition and an art book. #VISIT2012

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