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Intricately Detailed "Litter Bugs" Created With a Collection of Vintage Objects

British artist and illustrator Mark Oliver calls his on-going series of assemblages Litter Bugs, but they're much more than the name might imply. A childhood fascination with his father's collection of electrical and engineering components influenced his creation of these intricately-crafted and imaginative creatures. Oliver painstakingly collects objects like mechanical gears, old tins, eyeglass arms, and more as raw materials for his work. He then arranges items into fictitious insects, assigns them scientific names, and places the finished pieces into handmade wooden frames.

Oliver's specimen-like treatment of his artwork is a nod to the Victorian tradition of insect collecting, which is the trapping and displaying of bugs for study. His work is fascinating from a distance and reveals its beauty up close. Make sure you carefully inspect these “bugs” so that you don't miss out on seeing all of the interesting components that Oliver has amassed over time.

Mark Oliver website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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