Sometimes making art in collaboration with animals, or bugs in this case is good. Mostly artists make art about animals.
Boring beetles attacked my eucalyptus trees. Many of the large old trees died. While cutting them down, I saw the patterns the beetles made in the wood. The lines were not driven by aesthetics and possessed actual randomness - which is difficult to achieve for humans.
Now I’m no botanist and feel that they must have had some desire or need that motivated their excavations.I also noticed thin and thick lines, which I know nothing about.
I decided to make a print from the log. A woodcut, so to speak. I chose the best parts of the log (my curation) and applied the paper to follow the contour of the wood.
I placed a section of the print along with text to give a clue as to what the image was about and to give credit to the beetles. I used reclaimed frames.
It seems the human brain wants to make a story line. Beetles are after something else.