Like a captured specimen the Aphaena aurantia is painted in watercolor and ink on paper, then encased completely in beeswax medium mixed with white oil color. This creates a warm semi-transparent look, adding a feeling of mystery and age to the piece. The surface texture is bumpy and uneven, making it feel natural and three dimensional. A dark edge has been created with oil paint and other mediums, to add a worn, industrial and time-weary sensation; As if the creature has been trapped for centuries behind glass. However, the orange streak creates movement and gives us the feeling that the insect has blasted his way to freedom, and is even now escaping. A shellac burn at the bottom adds to this movement and the natural texture of the piece.
Inspired by hours and hours spent looking at specimens at natural history museums in many cities. Studying the seeming mysterious nature of creatures when taken from their natural habitat and placed behind glass. As if revered or set apart from the rest of the world. Serving a new function as a specimen to observe and wonder at. Set aside from time, even as they grow old.