whole: A large, undressed pine display box with 90 compartments. 75 small 'lapidary' display boxes, each containing a
1/144 scale model aeroplane made from a plastic kit and authentically coloured using Humbrol paints. Each model is pinned to a backboard with coloured glass-headed pins in the manner of a butterfly collection.
For the artist, this comparison to a butterfly collection encourages the viewer to look at the different planes as they
would a range of butterfly species. In a statement the artist explained: "This analogy to a butterfly collection draws the observer to
examine the camouflage and markings of the planes and to seek understanding of their categorisation. It is easy to see the planes as
objects of ephemeral beauty like butterflies and moths but this reading is tempered by our awareness of the latent destructive forces they
represent. The ordering and categorisation of the models entreats the observer to similarly examine the conflicting reponses that the
machines of warfare evoke. Our fascination with warplanes speaks loudly of our secret desires and needs to be examined. This conflict
between aesthetics and ethics creates the underlying tension in my work."