ARTIST STATEMENT: As children, my sister and I one day discovered and fostered an enormous spider we unearthed in our dad’s garage. We called him Spidey. Despite our caring for him and feeding him regularly, Spidey died one day, unexpectedly. We held a funeral service for him; we said our peace, and we buried him in our backyard. With the memory of the late Spidey in mind and with an awareness of Victorian practices of the memento mori, I have fashioned personalized coffins for recently neglected bug specimens. I created tintypes using liquid emulsion, thereby printing, and immortalizing, the images of the bug and their caskets onto actual tin. I encased these prints of the bugs and the coffins, a la the traditional tintype/daguerrotype case, in decorated mint tins – the perfect resting place for these sugar-loving creatures.