Oil on Canvas
The magnificent wings of a butterfly spread across the canvas, its eyespots composed of disembodied fish heads, its body veins and innards. This jarring introduction of one creature’s body into another being’s form sets into play a number of unexpected contradictions: between beings that inhabit aerial and aquatic realms, between dead matter and weightless flight, between beauty and repulsion. Song inverts the symbolism of the butterfly, signifying transformation and rebirth, to one instead standing for reversion and death. In doing so, he reveals the mutual reciprocity between life and death that anchors the cycles and processes of the natural world.