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The source of her hues ranges from the cochineal insect which creates deep scarlet and crimson tones, the azure of Mayan pigments extracted from the flowers and leaves of the indigo plant, and deep yellows derived from the marigold flower.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune recently, the artist explained that due to historic circumstances, the Armenian cochineal red which is used extensively in the art work and which is extracted from the f0'Ararat' or Armenian cochineal insect, and the special techniques which are the means of extracting the pigment from it have become separated along national and sociocultural lines.
The installation comprises six delicate drawings made on worn papers and 10 handmade notebooks made with two inks: Armenian red, extracted from the endangered Armenian cochineal insect, and Turkish red, now used in the national flag.
The pink wash is derived from the cochineal insect living on cacti in Mexico, where it has long been prized as the best source of the color red.
Miller as hosts of the cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus Costa (Homoptera: Dactylopiidae) in a semiarid area of northeastern Mexico.
It is also the most common host for the cochineal insect, the source of vibrant red dye that was the mainstay of a number of local pre-colonial economies in Central America, becoming an even more sought-after commodity with the coming of the Spanish.
Ovariole maturation of the cochineal insect Dactylopius coccus (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Dactylopiidae)
Wind dispersal and settling of first-instar crawlers of the cochineal insect Dactylopius austrinus (Homoptera Dactylopiidae).
The officers' jackets' were a stunning red extracted from the cochineal insect.
It's about bringing awareness to the people of the dangers and extinction of the animals, which are 100 per cent Mexican, such as the hummingbird, the turtle and the cochineal insect," said sculptor Emanuel Vazquez Hernandez.
Then you've almost certainly been consuming the juice of the female cochineal insect.
Under a microscope, to the untrained eye of someone who had never seen a cochineal insect from Oaxaca, the specimen presented to Joseph Banks by James Anderson must have seemed similar to the "true" cochineal.