A coterie is defined as an exclusive group or clique and no better word describes this small line of pieces. Each piece in the Coterie line is a mini exposition of a single family of insects and the defining characteristic that makes them unique.
Here you will find a study on mandibles (Stag Beetles), frontal projections (Rhino Beetles), pastel hues (Planthoppers) and abdomens (Damselflies).
I struggled for some time to find a way to flaunt the awesome variety found in some arthropod families. A display of radical antennae, for example, in multiple lengths and wild colors is not exactly a recipe for orderly composition. However, by homogenizing the shape of each species used then reducing the outer form of each to a geometric shape by giving each its own mat opening, I have only to select specimens whose overall lengths and widths can be grouped into mosaics which form a perfect rectangle.
Ok, maybe it's not that easy, but I'm pleased with the results. Though many of my pieces are designed to work best in groupings, in Coterie each piece is a singular statement that straddles the scientific and architectural realms.