Biston Betularia Novus (2016)


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  • In Fish’s practice we are encouraged to look at the work (and the world) somewhat askance, unexpected and peripheral vision is foregrounded. So there’s science and space, perception and a fat streak of ludic sensibility here. No more so than in his recent sculptures of moths made from a child’s play-stuff: Hama beads. The idea behind Fish’s Biston Betularia Novus (2016) is Darwin’s Moth, the paler version of which ceded way to the sooty, mottled sort as natural selection chimed with 19th century industrial grime. In its new incarnation Fish’s moth has taken on partial markings of consumer culture all the better to blend, belong, to survive in an increasingly neo-liberal cityscape.