This painting started with a color, purple. (or ultraviolet as the cool kids of 2018 call it)
I originally started the painting inspired by the blue carpenter bee that I imagined in purple, but as I also wanted to add a second color I changed half way through to a bumblebee which has a similar body shape but stripes where I could add the dash of yellow I was dreaming of.
This is an original watercolor painting on 100% cotton paper. It is part of a series of work titled “what is life? what is death?” where insects are visually halved in two parts. On one side, the insect is living, on the other, it is covered in life, albeit itself dead.
On a microscopic level, he isn’t truly dead as the bacteria he was hosting and which permitted him to live is still alive.
And on an atomic level, the concept of death is nonsensical.
These are all questions and thoughts that came up when I started to divide these insects in two parts, the question of life is quite fascinating. Is a rock alive? Does that question even have a sense.