Cocoons and London Zoo Trip
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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.
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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.
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.