ELISE MATICH

The Improbable Beauty of Broken Things

Visual Arts | Photography


This series of photos began with a hurried shot of a swallowtail butterfly. As I examined the image, I experienced a flash of disappointment: one of the butterfly’s delicate wings was tattered. Yet, something checked my reflex to seek a more symmetrical subject. As I considered the picture, I found that the butterfly’s brokenness elevated my appreciation of its beauty. Instead merely enjoying the aesthetics of its coloring and form, I began to admire the artistry of its purpose. An undamaged butterfly might have charmed me with its graceful contours, but this creature thrilled me with the richer mystery of its resilience. These thoughts inspired me to explore the hidden dimensions of beauty that broken things so patiently reveal.