DISGUST OR FASCINATION? INSECTS IN WORKS OF CONTEMPORARY EAST ASIAN ARTISTS
The most prolific creatures on Earth. Over the ages, insects have aroused both disgust and fascination in human. Their ambiguous reception is a reason why they were and still are a subject or an inspiration for artworks. Painters, sculptures, weavers and others have depicted them: useful silkworms, beautiful butterflies, mysterious fireflies, ants, as well as intrusive flies, danger spiders, and the predatory praying mantis. The aim of this article is to present different approaches to the insect theme taken by contemporary Chinese, Korean, and Japanese artists. How do they see bugs? As little friends or intruders? Are they the main subject of their work or just a tool to achieve a relevant artistic expression? Have their representations been inspired by the traditional arts?
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