I was working on this painting prior to the pandemic as part of a larger series of work, but did not end up "finishing" it until last year. The underlying premise of the artwork was based on MK Ultra and their experiments from 1953 to 1973. It had me thinking, what is the relevance of the monarch butterfly as a symbol of mind control? A common explanation was "just as the monarch butterfly goes through metamorphosis, these controllers or handlers of these celebrities are using mind control techniques to morph the minds of their subjects.".
The Dalai Lama believes the butterfly is a very cold symbol as opposed to the picturesque view that westerners have, "The butterfly never meets its mother. It must survive independently and remain a stranger to affection. An animal nurtured by mother's milk, however, is dependent on another for its basic survival. A child who grows up in a cold and detached home environment is similar to the butterfly, in that kindness is sparing. Once an adult, It will be very difficult for that person to show compassion".
The key point is that the butterfly is detached from its family which is exactly what celebrity handlers try to do, distance the family as far as possible from their target. Billy Ray Cyrus believed his family was "under attack from Satan" and said that Miley's handlers were constantly trying to instigate and frame Billy as the culprit. You can see many celebrities have complete mental breakdowns after the programming becomes too much.