It started by doing a simple chore. Artist Jerrod Mays was digging around outside, cleaning up the yard of his French Camp home when a large black widow pulled itself out of a dark shadow and revealed its fat self to Mays.
Most people would try to kill the giant spider. Or run. But the curious and intrigued Mays caught the black widow and kept it in a jar. In his work studio, he studied the feared spider, twisting and flipping the jar to grasp and understanding of the spiders details, from the big eyes to the slight curve of the eight legs.