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Annette Marie Townsend

Collect Open 2020, Stand E6, East Wing

Natural history artist Annette Marie Townsend explores nature and the theme of protection, working at the boundary of art and science to highlight issues that threaten the natural world.

Treasure has been created in collaboration with Scott McArt of Cornell University, who provided Townsend with beeswax found to contain pesticide residues, from which she has crafted delicate wildflower sculptures, listing the pesticides as artist's materials.

Aiming to raise awareness of the impact of agricultural chemicals on wildflowers, and the global decline of pollinating insects, Treasure asks: what is it that we should be valuing and protecting?

Annette Marie Townsend, Bellis perennis, Common Daisy, 2019, Beeswax and mixed media, 7 x 7 x 11.5cm