A Requiem for Insects (2019)

A Requiem for Insects (2019), laser cut wood, water colour paints, 2.4m x 1.8m

 ‘A Requiem for Insects’ discusses the current decline in insect populations across Australia and explores my concern about the extinction crisis in the Anthropocene Epoch. 


Insects are keystone species and are critical to the health of our ecosystems. The species depicted in my work are on the threatened species list or - from my observations  - are declining in my local environment. 


The work is through a process of laser cutting and engraving of wood. The final step of painting each piece is an action of focusing attention on each insect as it slowly disintegrates and disappears from existence.


The work is displayed as a collector’s box. Pinned to the wall, the work asks whether in a hundred years these specimens will exist only in collections?