Moving image work by Sharon Green.
Beetles fascinate me, their ability to entice and repel at once is captivating. Like little bejeweled creatures scurrying across the forest floor, their iridescent shells glimmer and abdomens patterned by the brush of a baroque painter can hypnotize you into their world. On the other hand their main function as a scavenger creature, one who thrives on rotting flesh and decomposing fruit battles with our sensibilities. They clean up the forest floor of decay and discarded debris. Without them the ecosystem would be a mess. Some beetles eat fruit and wood, while others favor a taste for flesh and work in fantastic numbers to strip a carcass to its bone in just a few mere hours.
Beetles rely on the languages of sound, sight and olfactory senses to communicate and thrive. The carefully mapped out societal structure of a beetle colony is not that different from our own and provides an interesting alternate view for reflection of ourselves. Both nature and our own societal structure systems are ordered and structured and rely on rules and regulations to operate. However this turns to chaos when prevailing order is disrupted. Hierarchy, survival, defense and reproduction are for the stronger. The smaller face fighting their way to the food while running the risk of being trampled by the larger and more powerful. Weaker individuals in both systems lay vulnerable to an onslaught beyond their means of defense and, as we are experiencing globally right now on the financial market, can be wiped out in a flash.
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