Haley Brown "Monarch"

Haley Brown "Monarch"


Haley Brown (CA)

Monarch, 2019
mixed media
4” x 6”
framed and ready to hang
A study in 2016 claimed that the long-term trend in the size of the overwintering sites is cause for concern. After a ten-fold drop in the overwintering numbers of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last decade, this study claimed there was an 11%–57% probability that this population will go quasi-extinct over the next 20 years. According to Xerces Society, the monarch population in California decreased 86 percent in 2018, going from millions of butterflies to tens of thousands of butterflies.

In Ontario, Canada, the monarch butterfly is listed as a Species of Special Concern. In fall 2016, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada proposed that the monarch be listed as endangered in Canada, as opposed to its current listing as a "species of concern" in that country. This move, once enacted, would protect critical monarch habitat in Canada, such as major fall accumulation areas in southern Ontario, but it would also have implications for citizen scientists who work with monarchs, and for classroom activities. If the monarch were federally protected in Canada, these activities could be limited, or require federal permits.

”These pieces are repurposed from original paintings I created for my 2020 Coping Calendar. This year’s calendar dreams of placing self-care in service of community by imagining and living fuller, softer, more loving futures. The more grounded I get the more I am able to take in the reality of our environmental crisis, and the more soft I get the more I am able to be present to it in ways that allow me to take action. Many of this year’s images feature endangered animals and insects native to the California coast where I grew up, including the Monarch Butterfly, the Western Snowy Plover, and the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.”
Haley Brown is a mixed-media visual artist known most widely for her annual “Coping Calendar,” which enters its fifth season this year. She works with traditional materials — watercolor paint, pencil, collage, and pens — often editing her work digitally. A queer, disabled artist, much of haley’s work is driven by a desire to put more gentleness into the world.

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