Artist Jennifer Angus’ New Installation
Artist Jennifer Angus new installation will be at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg for two special events introducing her new Installation entitled ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus at MFA. She will talk to members at a special Member Preview event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, and will return to the Museum for a Process Talk about the installation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. The exhibition will also be featured at the monthly Museum of Fine Art Museum of Fine Art event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Jennifer Angus is one of the most important installation artists working in contemporary art today. She challenges our perceptions and expectations by working in an unusual medium: dried, exotic insects. She creates dramatic and startlingly beautiful effects by incorporating large, brilliantly colored insects into elaborate patterns inspired by Victorian wallpaper and nineteenth-century book illustration.
For this immersive, MFA-commissioned project, Angus has used Aesop’s fable ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ as its starting point. Inspired by a painting in the MFA’s collection, Angus’s project uses Aesop’s fable The Grasshopper and the Ant as its starting point. This MFA-commissioned project transforms all Hazel Hough Wing galleries and is Angus’ largest installation of her 20-plus year career. As a site-specific installation, it will not travel. The display will continue through January 5, 2020.
Jennifer Angus is a Canadian artist, professor, and author. She is known for her site-specific installations that use large numbers of insects arranged in ornamental patterns that she has been creating since 1999. Angus anthropomorphizes insects in the hope that she can change people’s entomophobia and create an interest in the role that insects play in ecosystems.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Angus