Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens
With quiet elegance, Carrie Wild’s illustrations of butterflies, a dragonfly and a bee greet those arriving at White River Gardens to see the over 1,000 live butterflies hovering amongst the plantings inside Hilbert Conservatory. I have come to recognize Wild’s consistent natural science illustrative style, which she pairs with thoughtful design techniques — framing borders, formal balance, repeated motifs. Wild provides us greater access to the animals she renders in her sensitive and meticulous ink and watercolor works. Her main insect subject is centrally placed as if pinned in a specimen display, although not in a harsh way. “European Peacock” is bold in color and size and fills the composition with wings of roasted red tones and purple spots circled in black. Space interpretation is pushed beyond a flat backdrop of leaves and vines to a landscape of sky, clouds and distant rolling fields. Here is a place for a storyline. After all, Wild is an illustrator. But we are left to develop our own narratives and to look carefully at the next butterfly — maybe one in a garden. Through Aug. 26; 317-630-2001, http://home.indy.net/~wildworks.