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Midnight Comet
Etching on BFK Rives White 270 grs.
Image Size: 24" x 18"   ;    Paper Size: 34" x 26"
Edition of 55
Artist's Notes:
"With deep reverence emphasizing form and essence, I have portrayed the 'comet orchid' (Angraecum Sesquipedale). My desire is to
encourage the experience of connections in nature and thus, in ourselves. Portraying the drama of orchids is for me the experience of
creating organic metaphors. My focus on the relationships between the macro and micro of nature compels me to cross the boundaries
between scale and space. I'd like nothing more than to have the viewer experience the joy I feel when I become the flower I paint. There
lies the bridge between human being and nature."
Patricia Laspino
About the Orchid:
Angraecum sesquipedale, the inspiration for this piece, is endemic to the island of Madagascar. First discovered by the French botanist
Louis-Marie Aubert du Petit-Thouars in 1798 it was not formally described until 1822. This spectacular orchid with its extremely long
spur is noteworthy for its association with the naturalist Charles Darwin. The long spur, white flowers and fragrance only during the late
evening hours led Darwin to postulated that the flower was pollinated by a then undiscovered moth with a proboscis whose length was
then unprecedented. Not until 21 years after his death was this moth,
Xanthopan morganii forma praedicta discovered and his
hypothesis vindicated. The story of its postulated pollinator has come to be seen as one of the celebrated predictions of the theory of
evolution.