Insect Odyssey exhibition at the Salisbury Museum

INSECTS are at the origin of a multimedia exhibition in Salisbury.

Insect Odyssey: Insects, Books and the Artistic Imagination has opened at the Salisbury Museum and will run until September 25.

This is a multimedia exhibition exploring insects through the interpretations and visual responses of 27 contemporary artists and creators to the publications that, since the 17th century, have documented and illustrated these creatures.

The curators have chosen artists working in different disciplines and media from across the UK and beyond.

The original scientific publications formed the genesis of the investigation, offering a creative challenge and a liberating odyssey for the creators involved who include painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramists and jewelers, as well as artists working with glass. , the installation and the film.

A small number of existing artworks have been included to support the exhibition.

Through a variety of scales, materials, colors and textures employed in the new works, and through the narratives embedded within them, the aim is to draw attention not only to the myriad physical characteristics and behavior of insect populations, but also on the history, cultural and social associations they arouse.

The artists participating in the exhibition are: Julie Ayton, Bridget Bailey, Nicola Bealing, Su Blackwell, Henny Burnett, Tracey Bush, Tess Chodan, Louisa Crispin, Ruth Dresman, Arlette Ess, Tessa Farmer, Susan Francis, Sarah Gillespie, Katy Harrald , Kate Holland, Susan Horth, Kate Kato, Noémi Kiss, Patricia Low, James Morton-Evans, Linn O’Carroll, Peter Randall-Page, Louise Richardson, Lou Rota, KT Rothe, Rhea, Thierstein and Julieann Worrall Hood.

The exhibition is the brainchild and curator of Dr Michael Darby, of the National History Museum, who has recently been noted in the naming of the Greta Thunberg Beetle, design historian Prudence Maltby, and Dr Elisabeth Darby, Sotheby’s and Victoria and Albert Museum.

It is supported by the Royal Entomological Society.

Insect Odyssey wishes to draw attention to the fragility of our insect populations and preserve the balance between man and nature.

This exhibition will be located in the first floor gallery of the Salisbury Museum and in the King’s Room.

For more details visit: salisburymuseum.org.uk

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