Pupa

Pupa | Layla Holzer 2013

Pupa – The non-feeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case.

Pupa suggests a cocooned girl, encased in a shell and bound by hair, as she slumbers in the half-way point between childhood and womanhood. Although the clay looks solid, it’s a fragile material and easily cracked open. The hair is strong in its thick binding but can easily be cut. All that peeks out from the cocoon are her head and feet, giving a taste of the promise within the shell. In nature, when a pupa breaks the surface in an emerging adult state, the male tears open the cocoon and mates with it before it’s fully emerged. This is much like my current thoughts and studies into how man can bring forth womanhood. The idea of a sleeping girl being awoken into womanhood by man can be seen in fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

Clay, synthetic hair, paper, masking tape, gouache.
Pupa | Layla Holzer 2013Pupa | Layla Holzer 2013

Pupa | Layla Holzer 2013