For some, the fear of flying insects is all too real and the thought of them results in a serious case of the heebie jeebies. For Connie Z, artist and Spoonflower Operations team member, they serve as a spark of artistic inspiration. Showcasing her talent at The Carrack Modern Art exhibition space from November 13th - November 21st, La Chicharra consists of large-scale charcoal drawings and installations that capture the essence of the cicada (chicharra), a figure that has been a central icon from her childhood.
With the intrigue of learning more about Connie's unique inspiration, Spoonflower team member Meredith bugged Connie about her upcoming show, the roots of her cicada interest, and how Spoonflower became a part of the exhibit.
What attracted you to drawing insects, particularly cicadas?
I've always been interested in how "otherworldly" insects appear. I didn't realize my affinity for cicadas until I moved to North Carolina three years ago. When I moved here, I didn't know anyone and my surroundings had completely changed. One thing that I found familiar and comforting were the cicadas and I began collecting the the shells of skin they'd had left behind. I'd sit and examine each one and then it just kind of hit me, the realization that this was something that I had done every summer for as long as I could remember.