Artist Statement: Preserved bug and matchbox, both adorned with seed beads, displayed in a beaded shadowbox frame.
This piece is based on my favorite A.A.Milne poem, "Forgiven".
I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was his name.
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match box, and I kept him all the day...
And Nanny let my beetle out
Yes Nanny let my beetle out
She went and let my beetle out
And Beetle ran away.
She said she didn't mean it,
And I never said she did,
She said she wanted matches
And she just took off
She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.
She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind,
As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find,
If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid.
And we'd get another match box and write BEETLE on the lid.
We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout;
"A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"
It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me.
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say;
"I'm very very sorry that I tried to run away."
And Nanny's very sorry too, for you-know-what she did.
And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid.
So Nan and Me are friends ... because it's difficult to catch,
An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.