Thursday, October 18, 2012
Creating Patterns with Bugs
I went to a great exhibit this week (at the Lincoln Center in Ft Collins) that was so beautiful that I had to share this with you. Jennifer Angus is an artist who works with the unique medium of bugs. She is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited her work internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards. The brochure states: The use of a material that is often regarded as repugnant, arranged in familiar, repetitive and compelling patterns create a tension that is fascinating to experience. The bugs are all real, though dead and dried they remain in their natural color. While she does not collect insect species that are endangered, she notes that the habitats of most of these bugs, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia where she collects her bugs, are under assault from the human demands of agriculture and urbanization. In alignment with her message of conservation, Angus notes that she collects the insects in a responsible and sustainable manner, through farmed resources when possible, repairing and reusing her bugs as long as she is able and then giving them to youth for study when they can no longer be used for exhibition. Enjoy!