Between Moths and Humans

Natural silk, sublimation over silk. 1 x 1 m Programming

Printed on this cloth are macro photographs from colorful woven moth cocoons that I have collected over the last 6 years. This work is a continuation from my thesis project “Colorful Places for Transformation” in which I studied the first cycle of life from the weaving moth caterpillars and the way they construct their cocoons using the fibers of the clothes they feed on.
On the border of the silk scarf is a text ex­plaining the story of silk as a material that comes also from a moth, the silk moth (Bombyx mori), and how humans intervene in the life cy­cle of the moth by stopping the metamorphosis stage in order to harvest the silk to produce textiles. When those human textiles are for­gotten, it is time for the waving moth cater­pillars (Tineola bisselliella) to fulfill their living cycle by eating the textile and also weaving their cocoons from the same fibers. De­pending on the patterns and colors of the tex­tiles, the cocoons are always different, and are, for me, colorful sculptures and aesthetic creations. In this way, the silk travels th­rough different stages—starting in the non-hu­man, then becoming a human material, then again part of the non-human, and then finally, as an art piece printed over this natural silk, there is the possibility for it to again become part of the non-human territory if the weaving moth caterpillars eat the artwork to continue on with their life cycle. The artwork, therefore, is itself a glance of an open and infinite cycle between the human and non-human world.
The program works as a model to understand how the weaving moth caterpillar builds its own cocoon depending on the pattern surface of the textile and the movement of the larvae over it. The observer will have the opportunity to interact with the model and see the infinite and random creation of nature.

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Between Moths and Humans
October 24, 2018, 18:00h