Lepidoptera 1

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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…the faceted eyes, the waving antennae, the insectile legs, and the weird tongue that coils, uncoils, and sucks…

“Lepidoptera” was inspired by China Miéville’s ‘slake-moths’ and H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Mi-go’, and based on some wonderful stock photos and a tendril-laden fractal texture I created in ArtMatic.

“I’ve… seen one of these things feeding…” said Isaac. “I saw it… eat someone’s brain.”
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“They draw the dreams out with their wings, flood the mind, break the dykes that hold back hidden thoughts, guilty thoughts, anxieties, delights, dreams…” . . . “And then,” he continued, “when the mind is nice and juicy… they suck it dry. The subconscious is their nectar, Isaac, don’t you see? That is why they only feed on the sentient… Our thoughts ferment like the purest liquor. That is what the slake-moths drink, Isaac. Not the meat-calories slopping about in the brainpan, but the fine wine of sapience and sentience itself, the subconscious. Dreams.” – China Miéville, “Perdido Street Station”

Lepidoptera 1 combines a photograph from Unsplash photographer Boris Smokrovic with an image I created in ArtMatic.

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