Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Found Object Art: Michele Stitzlein's Beautiful Butterflies

Timely Emerald Hackberry (Female)

It may be trash to some, but to Michelle Stitzlein, its inspiration for her mixed media sculptures of butterflies, moths, arrows and more. Stitzlein is an Ohio based artist that focuses on using found objects to create fantastic works of art.

Ochre Hornet Moth

Her butterflies and moths are extraordinary, but she's also done some fantastic murals out of bottle caps. For these butterflies, Stitzlein uses piano keys, broken china, licens plates, rusty tin cans, electrical wire, bottlecaps and more. What's amazing about her work is that even up close it doesn't look like she's using trash, it just looks beautiful.

OHO Rojo
Sulphur Blue Smeck
Sulphur Blue Smeck (Detail)
Michelle working on a sculpture at the 2004 residency program at the Millany Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY

[via Dudecraft via Art Grange]