Insect Wall Art By Jennifer Angus
To celebrate its re-opening after two years of renovation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery located in Washington D.C. is paying a tribute to Beaux-Arts. Directed under the theme 'Wonder', the art institution introduced 9 contemporary artists sharing the same taste for unexpected assembly and a puzzling savoir-faire. Also linked by a common technique, the artists are all working on large-scale, each using one the museum's wide galleries.
In the spotlight, one of these featured artists, Wisconsin-based Jennifer Angus proved that Less is never more, more is more. When entering the immense room dedicated to her maximalist work, at first glance, the visitors may perceive hot-pink painted walls covered of colorful Victorian patterns. However, when walking further into the gallery, looking closer at the installation, surprisingly, you will notice a never-ending yet gigantic taxidermy collage made of exotic insects. Using around 5,000 bugs collected during her trips in South Asia, J.Angus arranged them by size, color and shape, in order to represent figurative images and create a surrealistic 3 dimensional disturbing effect.
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