What do you get if you mix wallpaper design and hundreds upon hundreds of dead bugs. You get Jennifer Angus.
Jennifer Angus creates incredibly intricate repetitive patterns by pinning exotic dried insects to walls and other surfaces. From a distance it appears as if it is just the pattern of the wallpaper but it is only on closer inspection that it becomes apparent that all is not quite as it seems.
Angus has been creating these installations for over ten years now. Her most recent work has been strongly influenced by the Victorians and their passion for travel, exploration and scientific discovery as well as their insatiable appetite for collecting wildlife (dead wildlife of course). She describes these collections as being exotic yet grotesque.
Although Angus is interested in these themes of collecting rare specimens she herself never uses endangered species. She collects her insects from ecologically sound and renewable sources and reuses the insects in her work, unpinning each one carefully so that it might become part of the next piece and the next and so on.
She talks about how her work creates a tension between the beauty observed in the patterns and the apprehension we feel towards insects.
Her work is outstandingly beautiful but I have to admit that I’m happy non of it is moving.
Visit her website here.
All artwork ©Jennifer Angus