All Creatures Great and Small

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art / craft / LONG / nature

Canadian artist Jennifer Angus creates installations using thousands of often vibrantly colored bugs and insects. For her site-specific works, she arranges them in intricate patterns and kaleidoscopic mandalas on walls. Over the years, she has collected more than 30.000 different insects, mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea that she reuses for her different projects. Insect-Fantasia-Jennifer-Angus-5“Part of my work is the rehabilitation of the image of insects — that insects are so vitally important. We need insects to pollinate flowers that, in turn, produce fruit. We need insects for decomposition. Without insects, I don’t think we could exist”6def7278efbf2a1204c049639dbd54ed

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Most photos © Jennifer Angus
Song for today: The xx – Insects

 

 

 

 

 

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”  Miss Piggy

3 Comments

  1. Jaime … this is a copy of an email I sent to Jennifer Angus this morning. I understand if you choose not to post my comments on your website.

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    To quote you: “Part of my work is the rehabilitation of the image of insects — that insects are so vitally important. We need insects to pollinate flowers that, in turn, produce fruit. We need insects for decomposition. Without insects, I don’t think we could exist”

    It truly saddens me that to “rehabilitate” the image of insects, so many have died for “art”. While beauty may rest in the beholder’s eyes, surely a living insect, in its own habitat, is key to understanding not only them but our place in the world — and how important they are to our survival. Does that ecological understanding come from artificially displayed insects?

    Jennifer, my comments are not supportive of your work and I will certainly understand if you choose not to acknowledge them. They are not written in anger or haste and I questioned whether to send them. But I feel strongly about our “use” of the natural world. As a species we have single-handedly destroyed so much beauty on this planet. Surely we can find more sustainable ways of portraying what little remains.

    • Hi Sally, thank you for your thoughts. It is true that i do not share them as i feel Angus is aware of the ethics of using insects in her work, which i personally really like. But, I will leave your comment on the blog, so people can make up their own minds. Thanks again & kind regards, emilie

      • Thank you for your reply and your willingness to post my concerns. My deep hope is that we will extend our circle of compassion and respect to all life forms, regardless of what they may or may not contribute to our own lives.

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