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Hunting for the Right Words Series – Spiny Backed Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

This painting is an exploration of the written word in time, how written communication translates through time and languages, sometimes sharply, sometimes dim and unreadable. A hand is painting the spider in the painting, a moment in creative time. A collage of book pages and script make her web and background. A mandala of energy radiates outward. Orb weavers are queens of spider-ness to me, the only creature to physically and literally pull a beautiful web out of their bodies, a work of art and a splendid hunting tool.

Hunting for the Right Words is a series exploring how we spin our written words into webs. Using physical book pages as background collage, the series incorporate imagery of USB cables, power strips, and other internet interaction around metaphor-portraits of individual spider species. So do we spin words together and pounce upon them, or throw them like weapons.

8" x 8"


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