Taxonomy II - Stag Beetle
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- Artist Bio
Sculpting from the remnants of decorative 19th C. mirror frames, mouldings, wall sconces and Victorian cast Iron obscurities, Church takes the notion of an almost uncomfortable and untouchable beetle and turns it into a thing of extraordinary tactile, architectural beauty.
The Stag Beetle is one of the most spectacular of their genus, so named because the male’s oversized jaws resemble the antlers of a deer. As well as being one of the largest beetles, it is sadly one of the rarest. Used for both decorative appeal (think Art Nouveau jewellery of the 1900’s), amulets and in shamanic symbolism for its auspicious qualities, this trophy of sorts may not be around for much longer.
"In this series I delve into memories of childhood trips to museums when I would make a beeline for the Open Study specimen drawers. Shiny beetles, magnificent butterflies and giant moths from around the world were all there with their taxonomic classifications for me to marvel at." - Anna.
SMALL - EDITION 25 + 2 AP
35.5cm x 50cm
MEDIUM - Edition 20 + 2 AP
55cm x 75cm
LARGE - Edition 12 + 2 AP
73cm x 93cm
MURAL - Edition 10 + 2 AP
91.5cm x 122cm
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"The photographs I take are of sculptures I make. I build those sculptures by collecting found objects and unique entities that I transform into a large-scale composition, a composite that has nothing to do with the pieces it is comprised of. Once assembled, I photograph this new art piece and transform my photographs into limited edition, fine art prints.
You’ll find my artwork playful, layered and surprising. The multi-step process of making my art as well as the continual evolving nature of artwork that gets assembled and disassembled means that it has many lifetimes and requires closer inspection. This is important to me because I believe in making art that comes alive; quietly, overtly, dramatically or humorously. It should grab your attention and make you wonder about it’s DNA and process, but always in a joyful way."-Anna Church