“Bug” is a continuation of work I have done in the past, summoning into being fantastic creatures who’s main message to humanity is respect the natural world as sacred and a source of wonder and joy. It’s secondary message is to embrace diversity.
Bug will be a costumed performance piece combining wearable electronics with recycled and found materials to create a larger than life mythical creature who will appear at dawn or dusk in various places .
As a female who codes I’m interested in stories around women in STEM fields . In 194 Grace Hopper, a female mathematician found the reason why her computers were not working was a moth had got stuck in a relay. She found it and taped the moth into a log book with the word bug next to it and since then we have been using the term “bug” for computer issues.
Through my research I have also stumbled apon the amazing illustrations of the Scott sisters, a pair of 1 century illustrators who lived on Ash island on the Hunter river and primarily painted Australian moths and butterflys.
Other influences may include the Japanese super monster “Mothra”, Bjorks beautiful masks, Sha Sha Higbys costumed art performances and Justin Sholders fantastic urban queer alter personas
Process – making
I received a grant form my local council through there placemaking scheme – this grant set me up with a few performances but also helped my buy some of the materials used.
Electronics include :
2 x Adafruit floras
1 pixel jewel
6 pixies (super bright leds)
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