The Butterfly Hunter.
Photographs by Klea McKenna.
Klea McKenna, 2008. 97 pp., 85 color illustrations, 12x11".
In The Butterfly Hunter Klea McKenna creates a photographic archive of her father's butterfly collection, hunted and preserved nearly forty years ago. The images display delicate butterflies framed by faded and stained newspapers, magazines, letters, and manuscripts-materials McKenna's father used as envelopes to hold his findings. The headlines and fragmented news stories paint a conflicted portrait of the era. Each image holds narratives that are at once personal and historical. McKenna has used this unique
material to create a moving and relevant piece.
- Adrienne Skye Roberts, writer and curator
A remarkable visual meditation on time, loss, and the culture of nature, 'The Butterfly Hunter' is also a cool but intimate engagement with Terence McKenna's fanatical romanticism. It is a mark of Klea McKenna's courage that she has taken on the legacy of a man so concerned with his own legacy, and a mark of her success that she does it with such candor and care. This beautifully produced book is, as Terence himself would deeply appreciate, an artifact of wonder.
- Erik Davis, author of The Visionary State
The Butterfly Hunter is a limited Edition Artist book, signed and numbered by the artist. It contains an Introduction by Klea McKenna and 85 color photographs of insect specimens collected by her father from 1969 to 1972 in Indonesia and Colombia. Additionally it contains a previously unpublished short story by Terence McKenna and maps of his travels. Printed by Edition One in Berkeley, CA.
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