Beetle Self-Portraits

The artist created three self-portraits, framed by bedsheets and colorful beetles. Drawn to the beauty of rare insects but also the nuanced relationship that exists between humans and fauna, the viewer is left with a disjointed message of the artist’s sexuality.

In Anthropocene, humans in an urban environment do not interact with beetles much. It is only in highly contrived environments which we get to see them – in museums, in antique shops, behind glass. We are enamored with their beauty, simultaneously nauseated.

The artist created these portraits to play with all the different narratives involving her own sensuality – the need to hide deviance with the desire to act out impulses. To operate in a professional sphere while remaining true to oneself. To be open yet private.