13 (best of)


  • Chanya Ruby


Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"

Do you know what the word "ghost" in Thai is? It’s "Pee Sua" or to translate literally, "Ghost Shirt." I did some research about why the butterfly is named "ghost shirt," and discovered that people back then thought this insect is being possessed by ghosts and that’s how they fly. The shirt part is because the butterflies are so colorful and pretty, similar to the shirts we wear. My composition is the representation of the Thai belief systems surrounding ghosts with the butterflies and moths as symbols for the spiritual world. The title for this piece is "13," if you rotate the numbers clockwise, it looks like a Thai word that translates to "ghost."

Author Biography

Chanya Ruby

Chanya Ruby is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Her major area of concentration is Painting with a minor in Art History. Currently, she is experimenting with different media and trying to find the subject matter of interest. Chanya works in a realistic style utilizing watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints.