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Jennifer Angus

Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Originally working in textiles, Jennifer Angus became attracted to the intricate patterns, textures and colors of insects and their uncomfortable juxtaposition with domestic spaces. From afar, the work’s beauty resembles fancy Victorian décor, upon closer inspection it is reminiscent of the artistic genre memento mori (Latin for “remember your mortality”), whereby insects become “an ambassador of their species,” calling attention to their loss of habitat around the world and in our own backyards. Angus owns over 20,000 specimens (none of which are endangered), mostly collected from rain forests in Thailand and Malaysia, which she uses in her installations.

Jennifer Angus has exhibited nationally and internationally, at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; Newark Museum, NJ; Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA; and Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottowa, Canada. She received an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. 

Memento, 2011 (installation views)

Memento, 2011 (installation views)

Memento, 2011 (installation views)
Screen print, insects, beeswax and honey
24” diameter
Courtesy of the artist

Additional artist information

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.