In November of 1998,
ten doll artists were invited to do an art installation at the IDEX
conference to be held in January in San Francisco. This was the
brainstorm of Uta Brauser. Her idea was to
create areas at doll shows that were "purely devoted to cultural
information and education."
The artists were
"to prepare an installation of a theme of their choice using figures, doll
parts and any other object and material necessary." That
was the challenge and my response was a "Butterfly Experience."
My plan was to recreate in a somewhat abstract way, the
magical experience that I had at the San Diego Wild Animal Park where I was
able to hold a live butterfly on my finger. In a 12’ by 12’ x 8’ high space, I planned to recreate a aviary where people
could experience the feeling of being in a green healing space with art dolls and
forms representing butterflies, a bat and garden fairies.