As one of nine artists installing artwork in the Renwick gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Jennifer Angus has created intricate wall-paper-like patterns with insects—called “The Midnight Garden.” All of the insects were gathered worldwide using ecologically sustainable methods, as Angus has done for several past projects. She reuses the insects from project to project.

On her work, Angus says, “Many people who visit my exhibitions were never aware that such unusual insects exist. I hope that my exhibition will get them excited and perhaps they will be motivated to get involved with one of the many of the rain forest preservation projects out there. I would also like people to think about their own environment and behavior.”


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