Alexander James explores the mechanics of water as a primary medium for three decades through a studio and location based practice. Works are documented underwater on analogue cameras without the use of post production. The Distil Ennui Studio was formed by the artist in 1990. Since 2013 all prints released are unique with no editions ever to be released.
In James's highly developed artistic lexicon, the presence of butterflies have come to signify the fleeting, beautiful and ultimately tragic nature of life and mortality. With a strong spiritual dimension inherent with the series, the association of the butterfly with religion and spirituality is a venerable one: symbolising love, regeneration, fortune, freedom, spirituality and death.