Over the last few years, I have made etchings, rubbings and relief prints of the engravings made by beetle larvae as they tunnel under the bark of trees in Victoria and Arnhem Land. The tiny grubs, which have hatched from eggs laid on the branches of trees, spread out to make unique road maps – each one having a calligraphy peculiar to its species. The rubbing which I have made from these maps document the cycle of life – from egg to larvae to adult beetle and round again. Like the sacred scarab beetle of the ancient Egyptians, the beetles in this series of prints signify renewal.
John Wolseley CV (pdf, 44kbs).