April 25, 2015

New piece for Garden Art Party.

Going into the Garden Art Party, I had anticipated creating a floral piece, but was asked to create a featured piece inspired by an insect instead. That totally threw my brain for a loop. There I was, gearing up to do some pretty flowery number and then just “nope”. Don’t get me wrong, I find insects to be pretty in their own way, I’m just a sucker for plants and flowers. Can’t say I had ever incorporated an insect into any piece. So, what to do. Ladybugs and butterflies were out for me and I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to tackle a roach.

What bug meant something to me, what insect could I relate to?


Growing up in Florida, cicadas have always meant warm weather to me. Each summer (and spring down here, their sounds echoes through each hot, humid evening. Nature’s thermometer reminding everyone of the perks (and sometimes the drawback) of Southern climate. Seeing as how winter was fizzling out and we were seeing a relatively hot start to spring, I thought it was a great fit. Researching for this project, I came to find that cicadas are more than just noisy, ellusive, summer loving bugs. They are truly amazing creatures.

This piece is a sort of life cycle of the insect. At the top of the piece, in the tree branch, there are eggs…the first stage. Then, beneath the tree, there is a cicada nymph. I felt it important to incorporate a tree into the composition, as it is underground, in root systems that many cicadas spend the largest portion of their lives. Central in the design is the adult cicada, a state that is brief, but what I consider the most beautiful phase of a cicada’s physical transformation. Feeling as if a square or rectangular panel would visually “trap” the insect, I went with a diamond shape. The piece was finished off with a reclaimed wood frame.


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