Jennifer Angus

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Jennifer Angus (born 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian artist.

Angus is professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Angus lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.[1]

Angus is an alumna of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).

Angus is known for her site-specific installations that use large numbers of insects arranged in ornamental patterns that she has been creating since 1999.[2][3] Angus anthropomorphizes insects in the hope that she can change people's entomophobia and create an interest in the role that insects play in ecosystems.[4]

In 2005, the Textile Museum of Canada showed 'A terrible beauty',[5] a site-specific installation involving 15000 insects organized in ornamental patterns similar to those found on wallpaper and textiles.[6] The exhibition won the 2006 Exhibition Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.[7]

Bravo commissioned a short documentary called 'Touch of Weevil - The Work of Jennifer Angus' documenting one of her installations at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in 2008.[8]

In 2015, Angus participated in the exhibition 'Wonder', that celebrated the reopening of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. with a site-specific installation called 'The Midnight Garden' that used sustainably harvested insects.[9][10] At the 'Wonder' exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, Angus' installation consisted of about 5,000 dried insects.[11] Work by Angus is in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design[12] and the fibre art collection of Idea Exchange.[13]

Angus is the author of the 2013 fantasy novel, 'In Search of Goliathus Hercules', which tells the Victorian-era story of a young boy who discovers that he can speak to insects and sets out to find a giant insect on the Malay Peninsula.


  1. ^ "CCCA Artist Profile for Jennifer Angus". The CCCA Canadian Art Database. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ Jao, Carren (15 June 2011). "Meet Jennifer Angus, An Artist Whose Medium Is Insects". Fast Company & Inc. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. (1 January 2010). "Beetlemania". ArtNEWS. Artnews Ltd. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. ^ Angier, Nathalie (3 May 2010). "Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art Is Born - The New York Times". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ "TMC Past Exhibitions Textile Museum of Canada". Textile Museum of Canada. Textile Museum of Canada. 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  6. ^ Beaudry, Eve-Lyne; Simon, Kim (2008-09-15). Jennifer Angus: A Terrible Beauty (First ed.). Toronto, Ont.; Traverse City, Mich.; Joliette, Québec: Textile Museum of Canada/ABC Art Books Canada. ISBN 978-2-921801-40-9.
  7. ^ "OAAG online: Ontario Association of Art Galleries website". OAAG online: Ontario Association of Art Galleries website. Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  8. ^ "DigitalThreads - Nature, the Environment and Weird Materials". Textile Museum of Canada. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Bugs adorn the walls at Renwick Gallery in Washington DC". Dezeen Limited. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  10. ^ Hohenadel, Kristin (19 October 2015). "Jennifer Angus installs insect wallpaper at the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian reopening". The Slate Group. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Jennifer Angus Wallpapers Renwick Gallery with a Pattern of 5,000 Exotic Bugs". Design Bloom. October 6, 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Museum of Arts and Design Collection Database". Museum of Arts and Design. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Jennifer Angus". Idea Excahnge. Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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