Sunday, July 22, 2007
reliquary of Saint Caddis
Look at this, it is a caddis fly larva.
It has been removed from its original cocoon, and placed into an aquarium laden with treasure.
Pearls, gold, turquoise.
From these things, it makes itself a new protective home, fit for a Byzantine saint. A grand reliquary for itself.
The insect enacts the idea of the project, in this process.
Look how it orders them into such pleasing patterns, feeling with its little insect legs to assemble such a grand home.
This was made by Herbert Duprat. I read this on Extreme Craft, which is just the best.
I love how the handmade is so often used to subvert the paradigm of the way we see things.
The article appeared in Cabinet Magazine.
click to http://extremecraft.typepad.com/extreme_craft/
Click to www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/25/duprat.php
To a caddis fly larva, there is no difference between a pearl and a stone.
I love this "collaboration"!
Arcturus has been instructing me in the art of linking.
If he could just SHOW me, being the fount of knowledge, I'm sure I'd get the hang of it in no time.
Still, I feel rather silly. I want those little highlighted words, rather than all that very unseemly clunk. Bah!