I was surfing about, and this image happened to catch my eye on Flickr. It turned out to be part of this.
It’s apparently from an art show by Regina Silveira: Mundus Admirus e Outras Pragas.
(“Mundus Admirabilis and other plagues”; Mundus is Latin for “clean”, but I need help with Admirabilis; “wonder” or “admiration doesn’t quite scan.)
My Spanish is…well, terrible, frankly, but as best I can tell from the artist’s web pages, it’s an installation that examines “aspects of conflict and deterioration,” using insects as a metaphor for social and environmental threats to our human future.
There is an English language description of her gallery work–from that:
“Regina Silveira’s works here deploy visual metaphors – such as images of pests – to foreground aspects of the deterioration and danger involved in the presumed continuity, or re-emergence, of pests or plagues. Present-day versions of mythic pests or plagues become visual fables for contemporary life…
Mixed images of pests are stuck to the walls and floor of the entrance and main hall of the gallery. Insects also appear on porcelain objects and a cross-stitch embroidered towel. A large black egg emits the combined sound of mosquitoes and helicopters and a porcelain panel alludes to the rain of frogs.”
So, not particularly a happy use of insects in this case.
What I really want to know, though, is how did she make these way cool dishes, and can I learn to do that??