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"<a href="https://www.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/16754/artist/1555/artwork/auguries-innocence-i-19512">Auguries of Innocence I</a>" by Josh Tiessen | Canada

Auguries of Innocence I

Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen
6.00" H x 11.00" W
Year Completed:
Blue Morpho Butterfly
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I have always been mystified by the opening stanza of William Blake’s iconic poem “Auguries of Innocence” (1803): “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand” Further in the poem, a couplet inspired my paintings: “Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly For the Last Judgment draweth nigh” This is a stern exhortation to preserve even the smallest of creatures, such as the iridescent Blue Morpho Butterfly. The black sand forms an infinity symbol, reflecting Blake’s first stanza about seeing the eternal in the microscopic.



Auguries of Innocence I | Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen | Artists for Conservation 2021