Raku Inoue is an artist and designer based in Montreal. Born in Japan but growing up in Canada Inoue says the clash of cultures helped develop his art, a balancing act between family, culture and trying to please everyone.
Trying to create harmony and balancing expectations led Inoue to create a series of artworks that looked at seeds and how they grew into something new. The 'natura insects' series again uses seeds, flowers and natural objects to create beautiful versions of bug and insects. 'natura insects' is an art series where Inoue creates lifelike images of beetles, butterflies and other bugs from bright flower arrangements and other natural materials.
The 'natura insects' series appears at a perfect place in time, the WWF claim that the rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year. If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true - i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet - then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.
But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true - that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet - then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.
Art can be a lens to look at the world through. Inoue insects happens at a time of global warming and usage of pesticides that are killing off huge amounts of the wildlife. Insects we need to stay alive like bees are dying in huge volumes with colony collapse happening across the world. These same insects that are part of the food chain for other species like birds are also affected. I'm not sure I only want to be able to see stylised versions of insects, I want to see the real thing. Though I like these works and those of artists like Claire Moynahan I dont want the reality to be lost forever.