Insecta Sensorium – Vibrations of Life     1993

The hum of insects is mistaken for
the distant sound of child play.

Bursts of glee, calls to one another.
An impulsive, percussive, trilling,
pulsating, yearning, pleading, playful,
pre-verbal medley of insect sounds.  Translated into the clicking and chattering of dangling bone beads, glass beads jiggling at the ends of bamboo stalks, a whirring of bass rings slipping over brass rings, a jingling of small bells.

Who is compelled to go in search of the source of this music?  Cicada or child?  Human or grasshopper?

 

35”H x 11”W x 8”D

Materials:   Brass wire and bamboo are the base materials for appendages — wound with cotton threads.  Embellished with seed beads, bone beads, ceramic beads, brass bells, cotton braid.  Interior of mask  – satin brocade.

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