Entomologist Steven Kutcher has worked as a wrangler of creepy crawlies on movies like Arachnophobia, Jurassic Park, and James and the Giant Peach. But his artist interest in insects and arachnids go beyond the silver screen. He also dips their bodies in paint and places them on a canvas, letting his tiny artists create unusual works of art.
Kutcher explains that he makes these paintings to enable us to experience insect and arachnid movement in a different way:
I have made visible the hidden world of the insect footprint. When an insect walks on your hand, you may feel the legs move but nothing visible remains, only a sensation. These works of art render these insect tracks and routes visible, producing a visually pleasing piece while conveying pertinent, scientific information.
Kutcher is also careful to clean the bugs once they are done paintings, saying that they come our of the experience apparently unharmed. When the bugs die, he prefers to exhibit each tiny artist alongside the pieces it painted, making art out of both the painting and the once-living instrument that brought it into being. Kutcher sells DVDs, cards, and prints of his art at his website.
Amblyn (detail), by Darkling Beetle.
SEleven Steps (detail), by Hissing Cockroach.
SButterfly Feet (detail), by Monarch Butterfly.
SFly Miro No. 1 (detail), by Sarcophagid Fly.
SBlue Moth (detail), by Tiger Moth.