Synopses & Reviews
Christopher Marleyandrsquo;s art expresses his passionate engagement with the beautiful forms of nature. Beginning with insects and moving on to aquatic life, reptiles, birds, plants, and minerals, Marley has used his skills as a designer, conservator, taxidermist, and environmentally responsible collector to make images and mosaics that produce strong, positive emotional responses in viewers. Marley has a brilliant eye for color and pattern in different natural objects, and he expertly captures the deep relationships among them. Biophilia (literally, andldquo;love of living thingsandrdquo;) is a must-have for nature lovers, designers, artists, craftspeople, and anyone looking for visual inspiration in the arts.and#160;
andldquo;Christopher Morleyandrsquo;s Biophilia is much more than a sumptuous coffee-table pleasure. It is also an elegant manifesto meant to nudge us off our couches and easy chairs and out the door.andrdquo;
This book presents the compositions of Christopher Marley: assemblages of real insect bodies that display brilliant color and otherworldly form. The colors are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurate as possible some have been reproduced with fifth-color metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish. Accompanying the broad sample of Marley's work is a series of essays by the artist: Design of Insects, Insects in Design, History, Color, The Coleoptera Mosaics: An Exercise in Color, Repetition, Structure, Texture, Variations, Botanicals, Size, and Environmental Effects.
Christopher Marley was born in Covina, California, and grew up near Salem, Oregon.
About the Author
Christopher Marley is an artist and designer who uses natural artifacts as his medium of expression. To create this work, he collects specimens in an environmentally responsible manner from a worldwide network of people who share his passion for nature. His popular first book, Pheromone (2008), focused on his artwork with insects. He lives and works in Oregon.