John Knuth - Made in Los Angeles (2013)
"With the help of a huge swarm of flies, John Knuth transforms decay into creation. Flies have long symbolized death and rot in art as well as popular culture. In Medieval times, for example, it was popularly believed flies were born out of carcasses rather than eggs as larvae.
Knuth, though, emphasizes the flies’ productive role in the larger cycle of life and death. He creates his work by first feeding the flies water mixed with sugar and paint. The flies digest their food mostly outside of their body, Knuth’s flies doing so directly onto the canvas. While digesting, each fly leaves a small mark of pigment, a small piece of the larger record of the swarm.”
(Text via beautifuldecay)