Thursday, December 6, 2007
Art Painted by Bugs
Hey, elephants and chimps (and children) can do a pretty good job of abstract painting, so why not bugs? Artist Steven R. Kutcher dips the creepy crawlers in (watercolor) paint, or has them traipse through it, and then he lets them scurry across the canvas (watercolor paper).
Kutcher influences the... ah... artists by manipulating light sources, as most insects move toward or from a light source. Kutcher paints the backgrounds beforehand and obviously chooses the color palette, so it's really collaborative man/bug art. He carefully cleans the little critters off afterwards and says that there's no apparent harm done. When not painting with arthropods, Kutcher is a bug consultant to the film industry.