These cicadas were produced for an exhibition titled: 'Eros and eloquence; autochthony and enlightenment'. It was inspired by the many references to cicadas in ancient Greek literature. The emerging cicada is called 'Autochthony' representing the Greeks' view that they, like the cicadas, had also 'sprung from the earth'. The mating cicadas are called 'The winged lovers' and they were inspired by Plato's account of the cicadas in 'The Phaedrus'. The open-winged cicada is called 'Eloquence' and this painting was also inspired by Plato, who used the cicada's striking song to illustrate the concept of eloquent discussion, which he saw as a means to attain knowledge and a love of learning. The cicada shell was inspired by Thucydides who recorded that the people of Athens wore gold cicadas in their hair because they were emblematic of their autochthony, demonstrating their undeniable right to the land. The graphic cicada is titled 'The winged-soul of enlightenment' and this drawing was also inspired by the writings of Plato, who used cicadas to illustrate the concept of transformation and reincarnation.