Arthropods are essential for life on earth. Insect footprints are small and touch every part of the terrestrial world, but insect footprints are transitory and leave little trace. In Bug Art, the movie, pigment and natural movements as exhibited by insect footprints are creatively transformed into strangely enchanting works of contemporary fine art.
The movie begins by showing abstract color forms in water that symbolically introduce the nature of the insect footprint. The history and techniques for creating bug art are explained. Insects tracking paint are recorded in extreme close-ups, providing the “moving brushes” used to create the art. Care is taken not to harm the insects. Examples of bug art using seven insect species are shown accompanied by brief comments about each piece of art.
This unique DVD was written, produced, and directed by Steven R. Kutcher – artist, entomologist, teacher, and entomology consultant for arthropods used in many feature films. Music is by Felix Mendelssohn, Song Without Words, Number 46, played by pianist Joe Spiro. Running time is 14 minutes.
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