Fernanda Froes
b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives and works in Miami, FL.

“Amazonia” is inspired by an academic article* by Brazilian scientist Ricardo Spaniol. The study shows that butterflies and moths gradually became less colorful in the devastated areas of the Amazon Forest. Fires and human deforestation are clear causes of environmental change in the Amazon. The report demonstrates that adequate policies and investments in the regeneration of the Amazon Forest can revert the phenomena and recover the insects’ colors.


Bring Back the Colors – Amazonia, 2021

Color pencil, charcoal, and digital printing on cotton paper

In this installation, the butterfly species Prepona narcissus, one of the endangered species of the Amazon, is pictured with gradually diminishing colors in the main piece. The artist invites the public to participate by interacting with color-pencil on postcards and writing their ideas and solutions on them.

These colored postcards will be displayed on a panel next to the main piece. At the end of the exhibition, the artist will mail all postcards collected to government authorities, foundations, companies, and non-governmental entities. The goal is to bring attention to the current state of the Amazon rainforest and call for action. 

*Spaniol, R.L., Mendonça, M.d.S., Hartz, S.M. et al. Discolouring the Amazon Rainforest: how deforestation is affecting butterfly coloration. Biodiversity and Conservation 29, 2821–2838 (2020). – link


Main piece:

61 x 41 x 2 inches

304 hand-cut inkjet printed butterflies on biodegradable acetate, insect pins, raw linen, certified wooden shadowbox.

Interactive Piece:

Raw linen, certified wooden shadowbox.

Postcards: 6 x 4 inches