Consorting with Flies


The drawings in this exhibition are an exercise in procrastination. What started out as a way to avoid working on another project ended up as a strange, month-long examination of flies. A necessary component in the circle of life, the fly is often used in art and literature as a device to symbolize death and, in some cases, evil. In my own previous work, I've used it as a metaphor for societal rot and decay. In the past, despite its integral role in nature, I have been repulsed by the fly. After studying the insect for months however, I have found myself becoming more resigned to it; and likewise, the notion of our inevitable demise.

A frank discussion with flies
Inevitably leads us
To the topic of decay
And of dispiriting loss.

- Patrick Duegaw, 2022