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Coleoptera Polis (diptych)
14 x 7 1/8 inches and 14 x 7 1/8 inches
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Signature date: 5.31.05

Myriad beetle parts-mandibles, wing covers, antennae, legs-and soaring lyre beetles, all specimens from the collections of The American Museum of Natural History, comprise a gothic cityscape inside the world of a Chinese album leaf. In the west there is an anthropocentric prejudice, while in the East there is a more reverent hierarchy between man and nature. This is illustrated by the use of entomological forms to create a towering and magnificent architecture.

all text and images Berwald Oriental Art and Julie Rauer

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