magdalena hill

performance Praying mantis I 2010 I Seattle
Praying mantis praying mantisPraying mantis and her hatch was created for a specific location - the office space. As is known, female mantises are exclusively predatory. They will only eat meat that they have caught themselves. The appetite of the praying mantis is most voracious when she is carrying her eggs. She becomes larger and aggressive enough to eat creatures bigger than her. To catch their prey mantis’ camouflage themselves and stand perfectly still, waiting for their victim to stray into reach. When it gets close enough the mantis lashes out at a remarkable speed - in fractions of the time it takes people to blink. On this day I was the praying mantis, and the office space became the killing room