Gigi Grinstad, Cicada (For Late Summer)
16 X 12"
Oil and encaustic
Statement from the artist: "The creatures that we recognize as cicadas are just the final short phase of their lives. Cicadas spend a long time (years!) underground, feeding on roots. At the end of their lives they climb up from underground, crack their old exoskeletons wide open and molt into the noisy winged creatures we know. I love the sound of their summertime songs."