Just before entering into new millennium I met my husband Greg Spalenka. At the time I didn’t know he would be my future life partner. It was when I walked into his “happy house” that I got the first whisper of the potential.
He took me on a little tour, including his vast collection of insects. I never quite considered myself a “bug” person, until witnessing the beauty of these little pinned creatures. Each one was so beautiful! Some looked like miniature African masks, while others looked like a helmet for an army man. The most spectacular, in my opinion are the gem stone colored ones. I totally get why the Volkswagon company named there 1960 classic with the word BUG.
I became fascinated with Tribal arts while in art school as well as Folk art and Primitivism. These insect certainly have a bit of that tribal aspect, yet also feel somewhat modern and SciFi-esque.
In May 2000 Greg took me to my first ever Bug Fair at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. If you haven’t attended an event like this I highly recommend it, especially with children.
Recently I was pondering if there was anything along my path thus far that hinted I would one day be tending bees. A little voice, or was it the hum of a bee, reminded me of our vast bug collection. Aren’t they great! I know there is a sort of beautiful horror aspect to them, I highly recommend seeing them in person, the luminosity is so much better in person. This is only a small sampling, I’ll share more when I next get access to my daughters really nice camera.
and Naked Lunch, one of the best Art films ever!
Joan Lee: It’s a Kafka high. You feel like a bug.
Joan Lee: I thought I was too, but, I guess not.