This exhibition offers an insight into the insect world through the visual responses and interpretations of contemporary artists and makers.
Since the 17th Century entomological publications have recorded creatures through illustration and sculpture. The selected artists working in different disciplines and media mirror the rich diversity of the insect world. Through the varied scales and materials employed in the new works, and through the narratives embedded in them, the aim is to draw attention not only to the myriad physical and behavioural characteristics of insect populations, but also to the historical, cultural, and social associations they evoke.
Insect Odyssey celebrates contemporary artistic practice, champions the relationship between art and science, and highlights the crucial role played by insects in the environment.
The exhibition includes a 'Taxonomy of Making' installation piece by Bridget Bailey. The display will show elements of the artist's process, documenting rare specimens - from wasps and worms to wild strawberries - using textile and mixed media materials.