Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bugging Out

A friend recently emailed me this article from Garden and Gun magazine. Christopher Marley shares my appreciation for the colors, details and intricate shapes of insects, and these characteristics also inspire his art.

About the Artist
Christopher Marley used to be deathly afraid of bugs. And although he still has no affection for roaches, he has turned some of the world’s most ghoulish and bizarre insects into a shockingly beautiful body of work. For nearly ten years, Marley has explored remote jungles from Southeast Asia to Africa to South America, looking for exquisite bug specimens. He then arranges and frames the insects in beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns, some of which are simple, and some of which are exceedingly complex.


PHOTO CREDIT: By Christopher Marley, courtesy of Form and Pheromone Studio

PHOTO CAPTION: One of Marley's "Coleoptera Mosaics," showcasing a diverse range of beetles worldwide.




PHOTO CREDIT: By Christopher Marley, courtesy of Form and Pheromone Studio

PHOTO CAPTION: "Finae" exhibits the exaggerated mandible-to-body ratio of the stag beetle from Indonesia.



Click here for images & full article in Garden and Gun. Marley's work is currently on exhibit at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina.