Ornament from expensive gems and stones is fitting for jewellery? or do the jewels highlight the work of the larvae? Would the piece still be as special if it was made with found materials in the natural environment of the larvae?
Just a thought.
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‘Natural beauty’ is an elusive but much claimed concept. Claimed by tourism boards of the native landscape and makeup commercials about the latest product, it is seldom the case that beauty and nature are entirely in sync. Any yet in these images, we see it presented with startling intensity.
The contemporary French artist Hubert Duprat was aware that larvae built protective cases around themselves using materials from their natural environment. His curiosity about the potentialities of that lead him deprive the larvae of all resources except for gems, jewels, pearls and gold. The resultant images show that the insects not only adapted to these materials but created incredibly beautiful trinkets.
The insects can…
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