Butterflies take on many meanings to many people, being geographically widespread, they are prevalent and revered in almost all populations of the world. They often represent a positive metamorphosis of sorts, from grotesque caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. I delight in the shapes, colors, and patterns butterflies have. By recreating butterflies with ink and paper in dizzying numbers, I find these visual elements develop a harmony and movement that is fluid and unexpected. Much like brushstrokes in a painting, the butterflies are slowly built up, while navigating and exploring a landscape of colors and textures. What other creature is as beautiful, benevolent, and symbolic as the butterfly, even in death?
Ryan McJunkin was born and raised in the bay Area, though he took several years off to wander the canyons of the southwest and study art before returning home. Ryan started Faultline in December of 2011.