Metamorphera series by Retha Buitendach

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The Metamorphera series of digital artworks interweaves layers of landscape photographs with plant details to create new species of moths and beetles. Micro-scopic and macro-scopic elements combine to affirm the interdependence and connectedness of all aspects of nature. 

Okavango swampmot (Blatta okavangoensis), Edition of 25 signed digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Moth constructed from photographs taken at the Okavango Swamps in Botswana, reflections of papyrus stems in the water, undersides of water lily leaves photographed through the water and fern fronds as the feelers. The legs are small sticks i picked up in that area and then photographed.

Makgadikgadi Spoorsnyer mot (Blatta indagatrix), Edition of 25 signed digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Moth constructed from photographs of the Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana with tyre tracks in the sand, hind wings are photographs of the rocky sand flats around the pans, Baobab bark, winter grass photographed near Bain’s Baobabs, trees shrunk to feelers, black seeds for the eyes, twigs collected in that area for legs.

Botswana Night-kite moth (Blatta volitare-bombacacea), Edition of 25 signed digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Moth constructed from photographs of plant material from different parts of Botswana. The body constructed from photos of Baobab bark, the wings show Baobab pods broken open with some details of the seeds visible, Kalahari dusk landscape with sand and dry flowers, dried leaves from Kubu Island and twigs from the Okavango swamps for legs.

Mopanieveld Maanmot (Blatta la luna-mopaneae), Edition of 25 signed digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Moth constructed from photographs of a Mopanie forest in autumn in Botswana, dried mopanie leaves, Baobab pods and branches. The shape of this moth is based on the exact shape of the real Moonmoth, whose larvae feeds on Mopanie leaves.

Giant African fig beetle (Metamorphera goliathus-ficusii), Edition of 25 signed Digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Beetle constructed from photographs of rocks, Fig tree roots and branches, ant’s nests.

Candelabra Longhorn beetle (Metamorphera euphorbiensis), Edition of 25 signed Digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Beetle constructed from photographs of Euphorbias, Mapungubwe Landscape, dried Aloe flower head, rocks, thorns, rocky sand, and Aloe leaves.

Lichen spotted Longhorn beetle (Metamorphera lichenii), Edition of 25 signed Digital prints, 81 x 74 cm
Beetle constructed from photographs of rockswith lichen, mangrove trees, bark, twigs and shells.

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