Brenda Delgado, a self-taught artist from Manila, in the Philippines, paints dead cockroaches into miniature artworks inspired by classics like Starry Night or Girl With a Pearl Earring.
When it comes to unique painting mediums, Brenda Delgado’s pick for a canvas is hard to beat. While clearing some dead bugs from her working space, the 30-year-old inhabitant of Caloocan City in Manila came up with the idea to paint on dead cockroaches. She halted after noticing how shiny and smooth cockroach wings were, and she had an idea to paint on them. She began using oil paints to create miniature replicas of historical masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and her work quickly gained popularity online.
Photo: Brenda Delgado/Facebook
“To my fellow artists, don’t be afraid to explore your gifts and challenge yourself to do the things you think are impossible,” Delgado said in the caption of one of her Instagram images.
Brenda Delgado’s unique paintings have elicited conflicting comments on social media, with some complimenting her originality and others accusing her of animal cruelty, despite the fact that the insects she uses are discovered dead, rather than slaughtered to serve as canvases.
It just appears cruel. “I don’t believe I’d appreciate someone coming in to paint half of my body when I’m dying in a hospital bed,” one person remarked. “It’s fine if the cockroach is already dead – but it simply feels harsh and cruel.” Discusses the artist’s (lack of) empathy… ”
With just over 300 followers on Instagram at the time of this writing, Brenda Delgado is only starting her journey to online artistic stardom, and, because of her chosen medium, I think the road ahead will be a relatively difficult one. Most people are put off by cockroaches, and painting them isn’t going to help things too much.