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Huhu Beetle Art on Weatherboard Framed
Handpainted silkscreen print on weatherboard, framed. Signed and numbered by artist. Limited Edition of 30.
DIMENSIONS: 38.5cm H x 34cm W x 6cm D
I create the original insect - usually a mixture of collage and drawing. Each insect is individually screen printed and then hand painted on to upcycled weatherboards, or paper, and then framed as if archived in a museum boxed collection.The use of weatherboard started as a play on the old, Kiwi 1950s trend of butterflies on a weatherboard house idea and is an integral part of the work. As this is set in a particular time and place, it led me to developing the artwork as museum boxed collections, archived in a social and historical context, and then layered with other personal references with collage and word.
"Notes: The Huhu larva is a large white grub that pupates in a tunnel bored in to wood. Emerging in summer, the big and beautiful beetle opens it's patterned wing cases and flies noisily into the evening. As iconic as a butterfly on a weatherboard house or the orange and gold of Powell's reference on a nature study table - memories now preserved as if in a museum collection. The home, our chrysalis, as we grow, stretch our wings and fly."