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Chimera
17 inches x 8 ¾ inches
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Signature date: 8.19.05

Several dozen weevils and three Chiasognathus granti beetles, from the collection of The American Museum of Natural History, are intertwined amongst Empress Tree branches, in a structure conjuring Chinese calligraphic characters, to create a new organism composed of genetically distinct tissues. The pictorial network bears mythical beings simultaneously illustrating different stages of life while being perpetually reborn, half devoured, into their own consumption.

all text and images Berwald Oriental Art and Julie Rauer

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