Sarah Gillespie, White Plume Moth (The Phantom), 2019


Mezzotint, edition of 20

30 x 30 cm

Sold unframed


Sarah Gillespie, White Plume Moth, a limited edition mezzotint, 2019. This gorgeous wispy creature is part of a series of 20 images of  common British moths. While they do appear regularly in Britain, now they are sadly all in danger.  Over a year, Sarah Gillespie  became fascinated by these delicate and much misunderstood creatures and observed her subjects in enormous and careful detail.  She has become concerned at the 30% losses  in moth populations, which are greater than for any other species. This has happened because we are just so ignorant about moths. Her mission is to help us to see them more clearly. So, as a viewer, you will be well rewarded. The images repay endless close scrutiny mirroring that of the artist in  her close study. Mezzotint is a hard and specialised technique, and as a result, the prints are all in small editions.

Sarah Gillespie is an exhibitor in Bugs Beauty and Danger, where she is showing 14 of her moth images. You can read more about her and the context in which we are showing her work.

A new interview with the artist

Read an in-depth interview with Sarah Gillespie by writer Karen Eng.

Some details about White Plume Moths

White Plume moth
Family Pterophoroidea
Wingspan 26-34 mm
Unmistakeable wings are deeply divided, or ‘plumed’
Habitat in dry grassland, fens, waste-ground and gardens
Overwintering caterpillars feed on convolvulus – bindweed
Common species throughout UK,

Additional information

Weight 1.0 kg
Dimensions 30 × 30 cm

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