by Melissa Sisk
18″ x 24″ – hand-pulled screen print
What better way to celebrate Minneapolis parks than by honoring a frequent park visitor and our unofficial state bird — the mosquito! The markings and shape of these mosquitoes are inspired by the Aedes vexans, the most commonly found species here and in North America. The name “vexans” is from the Latin word “vexāre” meaning to annoy, torment, or harass, and they are indeed an opportunistic feeder, showcasing both resilience and adaptability. With increasing global disasters and our environmental crisis, they’ll mostly likely last longer than any of us and keep frequenting the parks.