In Search of a Myopic’s Leitmotif; Mal’Aria, (model of Chinchona Bark with Wagner’s Festspielhaus)
Europly, foam, audio, and Dermestid beetles
Collaboration with Ryan Taber, exhibited at Machine Project, Los Angeles, 2005

"Los Angeles artists Ryan Taber and Cheyenne Weaver recall Romanticism’s love affair with operatic drama. In the sculptural installation on view here—which incorporates a model of Chinchona (quinine) bark with Richard Wagner’s Bayreuth Festpielhaus, Dermestid beetles, and leitmotifs from Wagner’s Waking of Brunnhilde, in his Ring cycle—they shrink the opera stage down to the scale of tabletop dollhouses and model-railroad dioramas. Open-ended and free form, the work’s various components leap from inkling to idea to insight, as the big picture gradually slips into focus. Evading the linear story told from beginning to end, their art presents multilayered parts that echo against each other and can be viewed from any direction and in any order."
- David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, 2005

Also exhibited as part of the show Damaged Romanticism, curated by David Pagel




Licheniferous chinchona, or Lichen Beetle with Hydroponic Cinchona Garden, 2005
Lucanus cervus, or Stag Beetle with Art Nouveau Lamp, 2005

Chrysina quetzalcoatli, or Jewel Scarab Beetle with Valkyrie, 2005
Chrysolopus spectabilis, or Botany Bay Weevil with Sextant, 2005




Dactylopius coccus, or Cochineal Beetle with Nopales and Heat Lamp, 2008

Agathidum cortezi, or Miller and Wheeler Slime Mold Beetle with Mast of Spanish Galleon, 2008



Peltodytes disperses, or Crawling Water Beetle with Wave Anchor, 2008

Lyttia vesicsatoria Linnaeus, or Spanish Fly Beetle with Beer Helmet and Garnish, 2008



In Search of a Myopic’s Leitmotif; Taxonomy Sketches
Drawings 1 - 4 in Collaboration with Ryan Taber, Machine Project, Los Angeles, 2005
Drawings 4 - 8 in Collaboration with Ryan Taber, "Damaged Romantics" at the Blaffer Gallery, Houston TX, and the Grey Gallery at NYU, NY, 2009
AUSTIN, TX / LOS ANGELES, CA