Spider Hunter Wasp on Eucalypt by Ray Besserdin


45cmW x 38cmH x 10cmD
Sculptured from Arches (France) 310gsm cotton hot-pressed mould made papers to create the body core. Covered with a variety of handmade Hemp, Flax and Kozo (Mulberry) papers to createthe textures. The bark is of coloured mulberry papers. The individual body hairs are sliced from machine madepaper to take advantage of its directional grain strength, not a property of papers made by hand. The wings are of transparent Glassine Paper. The spider webs are the long Kozo fibres teased from the source paper. Colours are mostly acrylic inks applied by airbrush. Inks unlike paint change the colours of the paper fibres without altering its natural texture.

Purchased artworks can be collected on Thursday, 10 August 6:30-8:30 pm*, and on Friday, 11 August during gallery hours
Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-6 pm
*Gallery is open until 8:30 pm on the 13 July for the next opening night


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A personal exercise. Wasps have always been my favourite insects, but the Spider Hunters, (Family: Pompilidae) in particular. Pompilids are known for succumbing Tarantulas in the Americas. They are solitary hunters often boasting beautifully bright orange or red warning bands, as here. This is Cryptocheilus species, about 4cm long in real life. It hunts spiders under the bark of trees like this Eucalyptus on which it is pausing and basking momentarily. Spider activity can be seen by the traces of their webs still clinging to the bark as ants scurry past disinterested in their distant ancestral cousin’s looming presence.

Box framed in maple-stained solid Australian hardwood with gold fillet edging. Glazed and ready to hang.

Silver Winner, Dimensional Awards, New York, USA

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