A Love/Hate Relationship with Bugs
I just moved into a new apartment couple of weeks ago. It turns out the previous tenants had terrible habits, which left a place occupied by bed bugs and fleas. Needless to say, my three roommates and I have suffered greatly as we develop allergic reactions due to medication or …
I just moved into a new apartment couple of weeks ago. It turns out the previous tenants had terrible habits, which left a place occupied by bed bugs and fleas. Needless to say, my three roommates and I have suffered greatly as we develop allergic reactions due to medication or pesticides. Yesterday, I almost had an emotional breakdown when my ears, legs, and fingers were swelling menacingly. I immediately decided to go for a walk to refresh my mood and along the way I saw fireflies fleeting about that reminded me of artist Christopher Marley’s stunning work.
I stumbled upon Christopher Marley’s work a couple years ago and fell in love with it. I already owned one of his books and instantly ordered a box of postcards– they were later used as Christmas cards.
Christopher Marley has been collecting countless insects, fossils, and crystals for years. It started as a way to overcome his own fear over bugs. Marley never expected that in the end it would evolve into a lifetime fascination and even a career. Through his vision and his design sensibility, the audience gets to re-appreciate things that one tends to be repulsed by or ignore on a daily basis. He combines and arranges natural and artificial materials in a way that they no longer remain in their original status. Organic and non-organic elements are combined into a purely visual representation of nature.
Perhaps it is also time for me to look at bugs differently. Even though right now, I don’t have the courage to face my own fear towards those little creatures—and it would take me a long time to appreciate the mark/pattern bedbugs and fleas have made on my mattress and carpets—I gradually will come to understand that might be their way to contribute to the world in an “artistic” sense. (Ugh before I lose my mind, I need to move first!)
All images ©Christopher Marley