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Jennifer Angus

Hope is the Only Bee…

that makes honey without flowers


September 21 - December 6, 2016


Jennifer Angus, an artist and professor in the Design

Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-

Madison is best known for her large-scale

works incorporating dried insects, which create patterns that reference wallpaper. These elaborate textile-inspired installations engage the emotions of

the viewer, many of who bring a fear and

apprehension towards insects.


She has exhibited her work internationally receiving

an award for exhibition of the year by the Ontario

Association of Art Galleries for her installation “A

Terrible Beauty” at the Textile Museum of Canada in

2006, and most recently as one of the leading

contemporary artists in the lauded exhibition

“Wonder” at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian.


In the installation at Acadia University Art Gallery, the cultural hysteria towards insects is brought up against the important role they play in nature. A variety of insects are pinned to the gallery walls, creating a complex pattern. This is interspersed with wreaths of beeswax flowers that echo the Victorian tradition of hair wreaths that were made of flowers constructed from the hair of departed loved ones, creating a reference to the declining presence of bees in the natural world.

The complex array of insects in the work associates their role not with societal constructs of fear, but rather one that is vital for the environment. Curator: Dr. Laurie Dalton


Installation in Action: September 18-20

The gallery has limited spots available for volunteers to assist with the installation, offering a behind the scenes view of the process. Contact the gallery for details.The complex array of insects in the work associates their role not with societal constructs of fear, but rather one that is vital for the environment.


Curator: Dr. Laurie Dalton


Opening Reception & Artist Talk: September 21, 7pm

Join us for the opening with an artist talk by Jennifer Angus about her work.


Installation in Action: September 18-20

The gallery has limited spots available for volunteers to assist with the installation, offering a behind the scenes view of the process. Contact the gallery for details.


Curatorial Talk: November 23, 2pm

Join curator Dr. Laurie Dalton for a discussion of the exhibit in the context of historical and contemporary art.


Stay tuned for details on upcoming roundtables and talks associated with the exhibit.