Frog and a Praying Mantis, from the series "Food Chain"

Catherine Chalmers (American, born in 1957)


30 in. x 45 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, chromogenic print

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography



These photographs are part of the artists’ long-term project, which involves raising insects and animals in order to recreate the predator-prey encounters that ordinarily take place in the wild, and capturing them on film. Her photographs can be humorous, surprising, and unsettling, and convey the uncomfortable message that mammals (including humans) are subject to the same immutable laws of nature as are the so-called lower life forms. Life and death, the nature of art and science, and the complex relationship between humans and nature are important aspects explored in her work.


The artist; 2002, purchased by Dale and Doug Anderson, New York; gift to MFA, Boston, January 21, 2004

Credit Line

Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson


Reproduced with permission.