archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.

mewitti:

I held a sphynx cat once. It felt like a warm, squirmy peach.

mewitti:

I held a sphynx cat once. It felt like a warm, squirmy peach.

happyartsu:

I did some bg/landscape painting practice today!  I got better at doing skies! ‘v’

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Robert Farber. Sorry for the Interruption. 1994. Video (color, sound), 0:50 min. loop.

Robert Farber. Sorry for the Interruption. 1994. Video (color, sound), 0:50 min. loop.

sickingfucking:

it’s mattiiinnnnnnn

just smth i did for fun in between classes at school;;; so sry if its full of mistakes HEH….. mouths are so fun to paint but idk what im doin


Himalayas, Moon Mountains (tempera on canvas, 1933) by Nicholas Roerich

Himalayas, Moon Mountains (tempera on canvas, 1933) by Nicholas Roerich

strawberryskies:

spoonie-living:

65pinkroses:

Amazing spoke guard art for my wheelchair done by my lovely cousin (go check her out)!!! 65 Pink Roses for Cystic Fibrosis :)

Oh my god, so cute. Brb, dying.

So lovely!!

freshwash:

Visual Experimental Iterations Series - 35

freshwash:

Visual Experimental Iterations Series - 35

vermontparnasse:

rachel likes art: part 52 

Rachel Ruysch
1664 - 1750.  Dutch.


Girl on a Red Carpet, Felice Casorati, 1912.

Girl on a Red Carpet, Felice Casorati, 1912.

beyond-the-canvas:

John William Godward, Athenais. 1908, oil on canvas. Private collection.

beyond-the-canvas:

John William Godward, Athenais. 1908, oil on canvas. Private collection.

labellefilleart:

The Princess Out of School, Edward Hughes 

labellefilleart:

The Princess Out of School, Edward Hughes 

kleinecharlotte:

Art History Meme [4/6] Themes or Series or Subjects
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