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Abraham Cruzvillegas

Untitled Pupa

Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968, Mexico City, Mexico) lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

Untitled Pupa represents the chrysalis of a monarch butterfly and a milkweed branch. The mostly green sculpture stands on a matte pink painted plinth, producing a contrast in color, texture, and brightness. Both the chrysalis and the branch are designed to be representative of their real-life counterparts, producing another contrast with the urban landscape. Monarch butterflies travel annually from their sanctuary in Michoacán, in the West of Mexico, the land of some of the artist’s family ancestors, to the US and Canada, passing through New York City. Cruzvillegas introduces the monarch and its home as a metaphor for migration and travel not only of animals and plants, but also of human beings around the globe, and the challenging circumstances found along these often urgently necessary pathways.


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