The Art of Joan Danziger: Beetles Invasion from the Smithsonian Blog is happy to feature this wonderful article from the Smithsonian blog on the work of Joan Danziger. Danziger started her career as a painter, but her life changed after she came in contact with Poul Beckmann’s Living Jewels, a book containing photographs of beetles from all over the world. You can see many of his photographs here. Inspired by the beauty and variety of beetles pictured by Beckmann, she began to sculpt beetles, elongating and enhancing what she had seen. The result is beautifully colored and fascinating, although those squeamish about bugs might not dig her one to six foot creations, especially when all seventy-two of them are crawling up the walls of a museum. Enjoy!

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