Caddisflies are a group of insects that have aquatic larvae and flying terrestrial adults. The aquatic larvae can be found in a wide variety of habitats such as lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. The larvae of many species use silk to make protective outer cases, and these are often strengthened with material from their immediate environment like gravel, sand, twigs, pieces of plants, or other debris. Most adults have short lives during which they do not feed.
This ongoing project, seeks to highlight the problem of plastic pollution. Moreover, it seeks to emphasize the human impact of runaway plastic pollution and how this anthropogenic material is insidiously incorporated into natural ecosystems and also individual animals. It takes inspiration from Hubert Duprat’s work and is a new collaboration and project with Caddisfly larvae. To make the works, Caddisfly larvae were placed into a habitat that contained small fragments of plastic that had been collected from rivers, lakes and ponds. The larvae then quickly used these anthropogenic fragments, combined with their own secreted silk, to create there own gaudy sculptures.