Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Postcards: Jennifer Angus

Bugs. Who knew they could be so beautiful en masse? Jennifer Angus obviously realized the potential of bugs pinned into repeat patterns ten years ago. The first exhibition that I saw of her insect work was at the now defunct Tusk Gallery in Toronto, on a cold January day in 2002. The show was called Eupholus Bennetti and the above image is the postcard from that exhibition. Prior to her insect installation work, Jenny worked with photo-transferred images on felt that she stitched and embellished. Her imagery on felt brought her critical acclaim, but the insect installations shot her reputation into the stratosphere. In case you are wondering, Eupholus Bennetti is a weevil, an iridescent purple, blue, and green beetle in the family Curculionidae, and it's a beauty.

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