Renowned for her sublime abstract canvases, Rachel Howard has on this occasion departed from her signature medium to produce a tender yet slightly terrifying image of a crane fly. Pressed to the clouded glass, the fully extended legs and stick-like abdomen are here exaggerated in scale by Howard’s opportunist image. The artist has captured with her camera the fly holding firm to the frosted window, and the image becomes more interesting for the ambiguity of all of its elements. Photographed from the reverse side of the glass, the focus is on the pencil thin shape of the invasive creature, and also on the transparent film of glass that invites more of our attention. Crane Fly is a work that is as attractive to the imagination as it is slightly troubling – born of a moment of idle beauty, when such microscopic details champion something ordinary as extraordinary.
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