Painted bronze, 2013
In ancient China the Mantis was a symbol of courage and she has inspired so many artists in various fields (from Escher to Aldous Huxley), as you can see in the following images.
Besides that the Mantis has been the model for some martial arts, the 'Northern Praying Mantis' and 'Southern Praying Mantis'.
My interpreatation is that of a human body with "strange" proportions and an overall "mantis-like" feeling.
You can find the artwork here: http://www.rabarama.info/#!sculpture-mantis/c7hz
Here a selection of artworks inspired by the Mantis:
|Escher, the dream|
|Japanese print, 1800|
|Illustration by Rodney Matthews|
|Japanese "netsuke", ivory carving|
|Mantis at the Burning Man|