bessanon first acquires dried, dead insects from suppliers on ebay, special collectors or entomologist websites.when ready to begin work on a piece, the artist re-humidifies the specimens in order to properly shape them.bessanon then repositions the legs and wings, fanning them in her intended arrangement. following the initial appendage setting, the artist pins the insect to a piece of styrofoam, allowing her to more easily add the cogs, gears, levers and steel mechanisms to the insect. after a period of two weeks, the intricate robotic bug sculpture is completed-- the colors of the insect play off of the silver and gold of the gears, bringing together the two media preferred by the artist.
|'o priamus teucrus'|
|left: 'anax junius' right: 'avicularia purpurea'|
|'green metallic stag beetle'|
|'prosopocoilus giraffa borobudur'|