To emerge from its chrysalis, a butterfly splits open the pupa cuticle along a line of weakness. It breathes in deeply, then expands its body until the pressure causes the cuticle to split, allowing the fully-grown adult to extricate itself. 
Likewise, in this work, a woman emerges from the cocoon of her past self. As this piece is my first exploration of the female figure, one could say Papillon, the French word for butterfly, is a representation of my own emergence into the world of figurative sculpture.
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