I will have 17 pieces up at Trap Gallery in Kansas City MS. Opening is September 21st 6-10p. It’s super nice to have a show out of Omaha again though I think I might be hitting show fatigue for this year. I have large shows lined up for 2019. I might call it good at that unless something super interesting appears.
Two new pieces from the mantises that recently died. The disc is now seal in it's own case. I shoot them before putting them because it's easier and looks better. The second one was made in its case. The shatter effect was purposeful. I noticed that the fumes from the resin causes acrylic to shatter in appearance but still hold it's from. Looks incredible.
Here's a quick little size comparison between captive female and wild caught female Chinese Mantis. The captive raised from hatch and the wild caught was found here in Omaha NE. The wild caught is about 25% bigger than the captive. This is known thing in the mantis community. Similarly fertility is also markedly higher in wild caught specimens. The assumption is that is has to do with nutrition, particularly the lack of pollinators as a food source. You can actually buy pollen to coat or gut load your feeders with. Supposedly it increases size and fertility but I haven't messed with it enough to have an opinion.