Ant Works is from “The Leafcutters” series – a project that includes video, photography, drawing and sculpture.
Usually leafcutter ants cut green leaves high up in the forest canopy. In order to film the “Antworks” video, the heart of which is a stop-motion sequence of the colony completely denuding a tree, I need to find a plant the ants were willing to take that was also on my scale. I offered them more than a dozen plants they are known to like and they refused them all, except this one. The aesthetics of the video were framed by their choice of this plant whose leaves looked liked abstract expressionist paintings.
It was filmed on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Sound design: Charles Lindsay