The Beetle

“In the eyes of its mother, every beetle is a gazelle.”
. . . Moroccan Proverb

Over the last year or so, I have become increasingly drawn to images of beetles. Their ingeniously designed bodies are a marvel to observe. So I did a little digging and found out that people who lived long before me have also taken notice of the beetle. In The Book of Symbols, one of the most popular beetles is said to be the “sacred scarab” of Egypt. This sacred beetle is also called the dung beetle and is known for rolling balls of dung and storing them underground for food and a storage house for their eggs. In ancient Egyptian mythology, the god Khepri is often depicted with the head of a beetle. He is thought to be responsible for leading the sun out of the dark underworld. Khepri is able to transcend the darkness and bring about a sort of rebirth, which is manifested as the rising sun. Just as the sacred beetle pushes a ball of dung, so too did Khepri push the sun out into the world. The name Khepri means “to take shape” or “come into being.” Today, the beetle is still regarded as a bringer of light and change.

(Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. The book of Symbols. Germany, 2010.)

The necklace below is for sale at my Etsy store.

The collage below uses a variety of techniques and materials. The images are transferred using contact paper and iron on transparencies. I adhered the images using a combination of liquid mediums, sewing machine, and hand stitching. The piece is made on unprimed, rolled canvas that is painted and textured.