Bestioptera (from the Neraidology)
Medium:Graphite, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on Rieves paper
Height: 15.25 in
Width: 11.25 in
A written narrative with drawings of different insects, labeled, surrounding it.
"I have always been fascinated from the living world. Everything I learn that pertains to the broad plant kingdom and the colossal animal kingdom, from their special adaptations to the role they play in their ecosystem captivates me. The process of drawing these creatures allows me to really study them; their anatomy, phylogeny, and even behavior applies to how I draw them. From here, I can take the knowledge of what I've learned about the natural world and then incorporate it into my imagination.
I favor illustrating the natural world around us, so that not only for myself to benefit by utilizing drawing as a process to help me study, but also so that others would be able to make new discoveries. the tiny world I am creating is used as means of entertainment, meaning to allow one's self to 'play' with their imagination - to find interest in learning new things, and then to imagine new possibilities. That is the very core for us humans to find new discoveries; to learn something, to think creatively, then to come up with a new idea. These tiny people of mine, or 'fairies', are an example of this.
Creating this world of tiny people began as a childhood inspiration from spending time outside. From there, everything I've learned from my favorite books and videos about animals during elementary school and from my biology classes (as well as other scientific studies) that continued into more depth all the way up through college, have accumulated into this idea. I hope that with what little I have presented for this show about the elaborate world I have formulated in my head, that my audience will be able to see these creatures as reality, and be able to ask their own questions about these tiny people, just as I have.
My goal was to present my tiny people through the form of a field journal, by sketching with pencil, giving them a wash of watercolor for color, and then writing field notes as field biologists or explorers did. I want others to see the concept of my work as an example of the importance of retaining one's imagination and creative thinking. I encourage everyone to go out and explore; be observant of everything, not just of things you see but also what you can't see. You will learn new things about the world around you; it will expand on the way you think, and challenge what you thought you knew." -Amelia Machelski