THE LANGUAGE OF BUGSIngram
A unique art book by Chinese artist and book designer Zhu Yingchun created using the natural characters and movements of bugs
Silver Medal, Most Beautiful Books in the World Awards, 2017
This award-winning art book is made completely from the perspective and language of bugs, from the front page to the final chapter, with no human writing or text, only the "writing" of bugs.
Inspired by the marks left behind by a cicada walking across his sketchbook, contemporary artist Zhu Yingchun placed boards and "ink ponds" of dark-colored vegetable juices in his garden for the bugs to crawl through. The resulting marks — thousands of twisted characters, each with a charm of its own — are the language of bugs.
"The bugs seem insignificant, but their strokes are beautiful," says Zhu Yingchun. "Art is not just those pieces hanging on walls and placed in exhibition halls. Everything in the world, including every life in nature, has the power to create beauty, and art is all around us.
An accompanying booklet explains the artist's concept and a QR code links to a video of the artist’s process.
- Author: Zhu Yingchun
- Pages: 334
- Size: 7.4 x 5.4 inches
- Publication: 2018