Vanishing I (American Burying Beetle) by Holly Downing

Vanishing I (American Burying Beetle) by Holly Downing

Vanishing I (American Burying Beetle)

Holly Downing

Title

Vanishing I (American Burying Beetle)

 
Artist

Holly Downing

  1948 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2019  
Technique
mezzotint with hand applied color 
Image Size
2 15/16 x 2 15/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
11 of 25  
Annotations
pencil titled and dated in lower margin 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Rives BFK 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
HD214 
Price
$150.00 
Description

This hand-colored mezzotint is from a series of prints Holly Downing has been doing featuring vanishing species, in this case, invertebrates. Each impression is printed in black and then hand-colored by the artist. There my be slight variations between impressions.

The Center for Biological Diversity wrote: “With its shiny, black and fiery body and orange-tipped antennae, the American burying beetle is a vibrant beauty of the bug world. The insect’s occupation, though, is a little less glamorous. After sniffing out a freshly dead animal from up to two miles away, the beetle joins a mate in burying the carcass, stripping it of fur or feathers, rolling it into a ball, and covering it in oral and anal fluids to preserve it as a shelter and food source for the pair’s litter of lucky larvae.”

 

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