'The Superfamily Scarabaeoidea' | 2019.
'The Superfamily Scarabaeoidea' | Recycled Paper, Wire and Thread | 26cm x 28cm x 4cm | 2019.
A life size study of an Atlas Beetle (Chalcosoma atlas). These beetles come from Southeast Asia and use their large horns to fight for females. This study has been created using magazine pages, wire and thread.
Each insect starts life as a tight roll of paper which is hand carve like a piece of wood to create their 3D bodies. Their shells are cut from paper and attached to the bodies before wire legs wrapped with thread are attached. Some insects are painted using water colours to create a particular pattern and others make use of the colours and textures I find already printed in the books and magazine I've collected.
The frames are handmade for each display from solid wood and glass. This particular frame has been made from Ash wood and lightly oiled. It has a wire on the back so it will hang from a wall or can stand on a shelf or mantel piece.
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