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DESIGNING WITH INSECTS: PATTERN AND PRACTICE Artist Talk with Jennifer Angus at KMAC
August 30, 2014 @ 2:30 am - 3:30 pm$8
Artist Jennifer Angus constructs patterns and designs out of an uncoventional material – her vast collection of exotic insects. Angus refers to these insects as “ambassadors for their species” to remind us of their importance to our ecosystem and the significant use of their afterlife in her art.
On Saturday, August 30th at 2:30pm, Angus will discuss the evolution of her work and its relationship to pattern and storytelling. Known as a textile artist, Angus took a research trip to the Golden Triangle area of Thailand to study textiles. While there, she observed the Karen tribe’s practice of sewing hard beetle wings as fringe on fabric. Combining this new found material with her interest in pattern, she began arranging insects into set patterns on the wall. These patterns resemble decorative wallpaper from a distance, and create a response of what Angus says is “compulsion and repulsion.”
Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison she has received annual grants from the Graduate School, as well as the Vilas Associate Award, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Romnes Fellowship and most recently the UW Arts Institute Creative Arts Award. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries selected her exhibition “A Terrible Beauty” at the Textile Museum of Canada as “Exhibition of the Year” in 2006. In 2013, Albert Whitman and Company, Chicago, published her first novel, In Search of Goliathus Hercules. She maintains a comprehensive web site of her work at www.jenniferangus.com.