The Mums is a series of large scale photographic images that focus the lens on female mosquitoes which fed on the artist’s own blood. Both male and female mosquitoes generally feed on nectar and plants, and it is only the females that injest blood. During egg development, the females must consume a ‘blood meal’, an act which is fraught with danger. If they get caught in the middle of
feeding, they will die. The expectant mothers, therefore, dare to sacrifice their own lives for their precious children.
Jung expresses guilt in killing the mosquitoes and questions, if they were to suck our blood without their bite causing an irritation, would we be more accepting of being bitten? And what if the mosquito didn’t carry disease but, instead, evolved to inject something ‘good’ into our blood?
This artwork was developed as part of the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity artist program GAS2016 in South Korea.
Image: Courtesy of the artist