For number 9 of this series I decided to only half the beetle and not the background.
The harlequin beetle is thus monochrome and halved in being alive and covered in life. He floats on top of a very colorful background. The environment itself is also very much alive, part of a whole.
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.