Insect Art: Hubert Duprat

While researching information for a completely different blog post subject, I discovered the French artist, Hubert Duprat.  I was immediately mesmerized.  One of my internal goals is to teach myself more about art.  Real art.  To know about artists today and what they are creating.  Before the end of 2013, I would love to own a present day piece of art.  Something I can pass down.  Something I love.  It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be special and have a soul.  I’ll know it when I see it.

Nevertheless, I saw this collection of Duprat’s entitled “Caddis”, and I was fascinated.  Caddisfly larvae live in streams and other fresh water sources, housing themselves in tubes they have created from items in their natural environment.  Using sand, pieces of shell, etc., the caddisfly, a close relative of the butterfly, uses silk to connect and upholster their protective tubes.   A naturalist at heart, Mr. Duprat experimented with the larvae, placing them in a home aqaurium with pieces of gold, gold rods, semi-precious, and precious stones.  They immediately went to work, creating this:

Hubert Duprat "Caddis"

Hubert Duprat “Caddis”

Isn’s this incredibly beautiful?  Quite the collaboration between man and insect, yes?

Duprat describes himself in the following video as an “architect” laying the plans and watching them take shape.  In another article I read, he talked of puncturing the tubes at times, and placing new stones like opal, coral, diamonds, and rubies in the aquarium, so the larvae would “repair” the tube, and thus create something with more varied material.  He discusses the “Caddis” collection starting at 2:32. (although I enjoyed hearing about all of his work)

See the caddisfly larvae up close and personal “bejewelling” his home in the following video.  (My kids found this so interesting.)

I guess even insects like a little bedazzling, eh?

What do you think about Mr. Duprat’s concept?  Is it art created by an artist?  Or simply nature interrupted?

Wouldn’t these photos make a unique framed set on a wall?

Images courtesy of Jean-Luc Fournier

Written by Grace

7 Responses to “Insect Art: Hubert Duprat”

  1. CJ Harris February 22, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    They say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Having said that, this jewelry kind of “bugs” me. Don’t think I would enjoy it… :0)

    • Grace February 25, 2013 at 1:12 am #

      Hi CJ, I appreciated your bug humor. 🙂 Yeah, it is different, huh? I was interested to see the response to this post. I do so appreciate you taking the time to comment – I’m so happy you are reading! G

  2. kent February 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    This is horrifying

    • Grace February 25, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      Hello Kent, my love, I’m so happy that your first ever comment on my blog is “this is horrifying”. 😉 Welcome, please comment more often!

  3. Sabrina February 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I don’t know that I would like it but I think it is terribly creative! And how cool to see how the insects use the different pieces. It is pretty neat indeed!

    • Grace February 25, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      I know, right Sabrina? It is so weird and strangely beautiful to me. I know it’s kind of out there, but I’m with you, I think it is super innovative! Thank you for commenting! G

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