Aranea (a genus of orb-weaving) The Spider has symbolized patience, mischief and malice and been the focus of fears, and mythological stories in many cultures. In Ancient Egypt, the spider was associated with the goddess Neith in her aspect as spinner and weaver of destiny, a link continuing later through the Babylonian Ishtar and Greek godess, Athena.
Continuing the exploration of natural structures of architecture,Aranea takes inspiration from the spider’s web. The funnel-web spider’s burrow characteristically has irregular silk trip-lines radiating from the entrance. The overall affect is reminiscent of a womb, or nest. The inherent strength of the spider’s silk is well known and can be found with the tensions of the bodies that span and connect this work. The largest version of this work is 16’ long x 8’ tall on four panels.