This exhibition offers an insight into the insect world through the visual responses and interpretations of contemporary artists and makers to the entomological publications which, since the 17th Century, have recorded and illustrated these intriguing creatures.
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.
Participating artists and makers:
JULIE AYTON / BRIDGET BAILEY / NICOLA BEALING / SU BLACKWELL / HENNY BURNETT / TRACEY BUSH / LOUISA CRISPIN / RUTH DRESMAN / ARLETTE ESS / TESSA FARMER / SUSAN FRANCIS / SARAH GILLESPIE / KATY HARRALD / KATE HOLLAND / SUSAN HORTH / KATE KATO / NOEMI KISS / PATRICIA LOW / JAMES MORTON-EVANS / LINN O’CARROLL / PETER RANDALL-PAGE / LOUISE RICHARDSON / LOU ROTA / KT ROTHE / RHEA THIERSTEIN / JULIEANN WORRALL-HOOD
INSECT ODYSSEY is curated for SALISBURY MUSEUM by Dr ELISABETH DARBY and PRUDENCE MALTBY, with Dr MICHAEL DARBY, Entomologist.
Supported by a Goodman Award from the Royal Entomological Society
PLEASE NOTE: This is exhibition is on the first floor of the museum and is only accessible via stairs. The museum will soon be improving access to the first floor via our Past Forward redevelopment project.