These beautiful insects all have fascinated people and
gained a symbolic meaning in many cultures for the metamorphosis that they go
through in the process of their lives. Dragonflies, with their amazing flying
abilities are over 3 million years old as a species, butterflies and moths are
ephemerally beautiful, damsel flies with their jewel colors, catch the eye.
Each of these species has different forms that evolve into
the adult. Dragonflies and damselfliesbegin as eggs born in water, the egg develops into a nymph, and the
nymph, still living in the water, undergoes a number of sheddings of the
exoskeleton untilit develops to the
adult dragonfly/damsel fly. Although there are overall similarities
betweena dragonfly and a damselflythedifferences are clear with observation.The eyes of the dragonfly are almost it’s entire head whereas the damsel
fly has more googily eyes. The wings and body shapes are also different. Both
of them have amazing variety of colors.
Butterflies and moths also begin as eggs, deposited on the
undersides of leaves, on the bark of trees. The caterpillar emerges from the
egg. The caterpillar creates a cocoon. In this cocoon it liquefies and
reconfigures itself into a butterfly/moth. The difference between a moth and
butterflies differ from moths in that they have a little club-shape at the ends
of their antennae. Moths have a connecting membrane on each side between the
two part wing and are mainly nocturnal whereas butterflies are about during the
day. Both have astounding colors and camouflage patterns.
These insects have many lenses in their eyes to detect
motion and can therefore see from more than one point of view. This is the fascinating concept to me, as an
artist. To see everyday things from a different point of view.
The works in this exhibition are myrepresentation of the metamorphosis of the
insects, beginning with photographic images and working with them to the
symbolic abstract of line and color.Seeing
this, our world of wonders, from a different point of view.
This painting, on the left, is from a photo, a very popular photo. I would love to know who to give the credit to for it.
girl with cat (encaustic on hardboard)
These are more of the works that were in the CAVA exhibition entitled 'I just love it'
That is the theme of the exhibit so it has a variety of images. The cats are featured ...a lot. And hats, very fond of hats...