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The autobiography, Papillon of Henri Charriere documents his remarkable escape from a penal colony in French Guiana. This sculptural polished concrete piece of the same name is part of a series of works dedicated to my amazing daughter’s escape from the shackles of her original gender.

I have been working on a series of pieces celebrating her decision to accept and fulfil her sense of self by becoming a woman. Gender dysphoria is a harsh and clinical term to describe a very human and distressing conflict of self, experienced by those born into the wrong body. The struggle within, followed by acceptance and subsequent emergence as transgender is an act of heroism made by the bravest person I know. A decision that has taken years to be made.

As a proud mother I will continue to wrestle in my attempts to create a piece that is worthy of her turbulent transformation. If she can transform herself into a butterfly, surely I can do her justice! This is my fourth attempt at part one of a series. Made from polished, coloured concrete with glass and copper inlays, this has been quite a challenge, but nothing compared to what she has been through!

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Papillon

Ilia chidzey

AUD$2,450
Size: 40w x 30h x 15d cms
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Polished concrete with glass and copper inlays

Includes aluminium display stand

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Additional Information

The autobiography, Papillon of Henri Charriere documents his remarkable escape from a penal colony in French Guiana. This sculptural polished concrete piece of the same name is part of a series of works dedicated to my amazing daughter’s escape from the shackles of her original gender.

I have been working on a series of pieces celebrating her decision to accept and fulfil her sense of self by becoming a woman. Gender dysphoria is a harsh and clinical term to describe a very human and distressing conflict of self, experienced by those born into the wrong body. The struggle within, followed by acceptance and subsequent emergence as transgender is an act of heroism made by the bravest person I know. A decision that has taken years to be made.

As a proud mother I will continue to wrestle in my attempts to create a piece that is worthy of her turbulent transformation. If she can transform herself into a butterfly, surely I can do her justice! This is my fourth attempt at part one of a series. Made from polished, coloured concrete with glass and copper inlays, this has been quite a challenge, but nothing compared to what she has been through!

Watch video which shows the work from rough cast to finished product.

View video of Papillon