The Butterfly Hunter - Artist Book
Limited first edition of 480 originally published in 2008. (Limited quantities remain)
Each book signed and numbered
80+ color plates of specimens, old snapshots and field maps
Introduction by Klea McKenna
A previously unpublished short story by Terence McKenna
Hardcover, linen bound
In The Butterfly Hunter Klea McKenna creates a photographic archive of her father's butterfly collection, hunted and preserved nearly forty years ago. The images display delicate butterflies framed by faded and stained newspapers, magazines, letters, and manuscripts—materials McKenna's father used as envelopes to hold his findings. The headlines and fragmented news stories paint a conflicted portrait of the era. Each image holds narratives that are at once personal and historical. McKenna has used this unique material to create a moving and relevant piece.
- Adrienne Skye Roberts, writer and curator
A remarkable visual meditation on time, loss, and the culture of nature, “The Butterfly Hunter” is also a cool but intimate engagement with Terence McKenna's fanatical romanticism. It is a mark of Klea McKenna's courage that she has taken on the legacy of a man so concerned with his own legacy, and a mark of her success that she does it with such candor and care. This beautifully produced book is, as Terence himself would deeply appreciate, an artifact of wonder.
- Erik Davis, author of The Visionary State & Techgnosis