Cocoons and London Zoo Trip

 

 

 

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                                      Fig. 11                       Fig. 12

 

The bench-end creature led me to consider insect emergence from a previous existence (Fig. 7), through a cocoon stage (Figs. 8-10) to a sort of rebirth, as something completely different (Fig. 11) yet, essentially, the same, to the sad end (Fig. 12). I pre-arranged a trip to London Zoo and, after explaining what I was doing to the Keeper, I went behind the scenes where the public are not allowed to go, to take some close-ups.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         Fig. 13                Fig. 14

 

 

 

                             Fig. 15                   Fig. 16              Fig. 17

 

The empty cocoons (of which there were many different shapes, colours and sizes) reminded me of my latex skin, both in colour (Figs. 13 & 14) and texture (Figs. 15-17) and I set about experimenting with the full-size skin.  

 

 

 

 

Fig. 18

 

Prior to this however, I drew an extended, in time, decomposition image (Fig. 18) – a kind of extended Green Man – which was more vegetable based rather than insect based.

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