In Takumi Kama’s imagined future, when the natural environment has been completely destroyed, the leaf insects will have to evolve and change themselves to use mimicry to blend into their new surroundings.
These imaginary insects have been painted with such realism that it can be hard to tell if Kama has captured them for real or just painted on canvas.
“For a recent exhibition at BAMI gallery in Kyoto, Kama came up with 2 different, imaginary leaf insects that camouflage themselves in the city. One is the Hide-mushi, which gets its name from Hideo Noguchi, who appears on the 1000 yen bill (mushi means insect).
Then there is the Comi-mushi, which camouflages itself amongst comic books and comic strips.” Spoon&Tamago
But rest-assured, no currency has been defaced in the name of art. Everything from the insects to the specimen boxes have been painted on canvas.