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The Collection, II
by Kelley Hensing
This shadowbox is the 2nd piece in my series of insect miniatures. The theme focuses on three main stages of North America’s largest native, the beautifully colored Cecropia moth. The larva as a caterpillar reaches over 4 inches and is a bright green, dotted with a pattern of colors. The pupa in my tiny painting is what the creature looks like outside of it’s silk cocoon. As an adult, the wings can be as wide as 6 inches, with red-orange furry bodies and crescent-shaped eye spots.
Each little picture has it’s own hand-painted frame.
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Bio: Kelley is inspired by the mysterious. She grew up in a house by the woods surrounded by animals and wilderness, so many of her themes bring together strange nature, mortality and spirituality. Using archetypes of characters from folklore and myth as well as her own stories, she enjoys portraying unusual tales that symbolize our emotions and fears.
Kelley is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of design. Her favorite mediums are oils on wood and pencil on paper, and she loves to create her work by hand. Her favorite genres range from gothic and steampunk to classic fantasy and legends. Traveling is her only other passion equal to a career in art and is a vital component in inspiring her work.
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