Elizabeth Weber: An Homage to Western Monarch Butterflies -
ELIZABETH WEBER, "Coronado Monarch Preserve," Goleta, California 2021, 19 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Photography Gallery

Elizabeth Weber: An Homage to Western Monarch Butterflies

June 11 - August 6, 2022

Curated by Louisa Gloger

An independent documentary photographer, Elizabeth Weber is an environmental advocate who focuses her photography on issues related to both nature’s degradation and healing. An Homage to Western Monarch Butterflies presents Weber’s photographs of Monarch butterflies created using an experimental process of printing in black and white on vellum paper and applying gold leaf. This process creates an aesthetic of fragility, referencing the fragility of both the Monarch’s habitat and existence. In removing the Monarch’s signature magnificent color, Weber asks the viewer to consider what it would mean to lose the Western Monarch butterfly entirely. 

Born in Berkeley and raised in Bolinas during the 1970s and ‘80s, Weber’s parents Warren and Marion Weber started Star Route Farms. She is currently an MFA student at the Academy of Art University. She has traveled with and photographed for Global Green Grants Fund for over 12 years and has a current exhibition of her work on plastic marine debris in the Hawaiian Islands, on display at the Hawai’i Wildlife Discovery Center in Maui. In Bolinas, Weber is a passionate participant in the Western Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary project.