• MURMEK

  • MURMEK

     

    Derived from the Greek myth of the Myrmidons (ant people), Murmek combines the two worlds of humans and ants through a digital installation of human nudes inside the complex of tunnels or an ant farm.
 
From Ovid’s Metamorphoses, there exists the Myrmidon myth in which Zeus had transformed the ant population into humans. They were communal, brave people that would work individually and contribute to the greater good of their society.  In Murmek, several groups work together to accomplish a particular goal, while others navigate the tunnels as their own.  While these seem separate, every figure contributes to the piece as a whole.

Murmek is a continuation of inspirations from entomology where more parallels are discovered between the lives of insects and those of humans, as seen from the previous project, Alveo (meaning beehive).  Ants are related to bees, as they belong to the order Hymenoptera, which means “heavy wings.” Early ancestors held characteristics of both bees and ants, with similar structured colony and matriarchy system.  The seemingly chaotic structures of the insect world are in fact architecturally organized yet organic in nature. 

The final work is a multi-photo installation making one image of 9’ x 9’.

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