The work in Love is Like a Butterfly is collaboration with the past and an exploration of domesticity and social living. The old mixes with the new, reinterpreting found objects to expand upon or change the originally intended meaning, which is usually banal. I collect plates on the street, through junk shops, and friends, and then take them back to the studio to see what will happen next. Sometimes I know exactly what will happen when I am in the shop; I know what intervention will happen when I start to paint. Other times the plates sit around for years, waiting. 

I am interested in things sounding or looking so sweet it almost hurts. I am interested in different conceptions of love and domesticity. In the sweetness of domestic life there can also be darkness and mystery. 

—written by Heather Garland (2016)

Love is like a butterfly

The multicolored moods of love are like its satin wings

Love makes your heart feel strange inside

It flutters like soft wings in flight

Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing


—Dolly Parton