Entomology research lab 2017
Stereomicroscope live streaming via digital video camera to LCD screen, lamp, photographic prints, insect specimens pinned and wet, entomology tools and pins, books, various laboratory consumables, PPE, workbench and stool.
I find beauty in the minuscule and wonder in revealing it to others as well as myself. I’m inspired by what the vast world of insects can offer us in terms of a way to reconnect back to nature. I am inspired by what the tools and techniques of collecting, and classification can bring to my art practice. In this work I set up my entomology lab in the gallery space. Throughout the three weeks of the Quadrat exhibition I continued to work on sorting and classifying the specimens I collected in the field. The lab was set up to engage the audiences via interactions with the specimens using scientific equipment not readily accessible and myself. I aim to demonstrate how art and science can inform each other in order to create meaning and further knowledge. I do this by facilitating and brokering unique flash points between the disciplines of art and science and the way in which knowledge is made. My chief materials are knowledge practices, rather than the content these practices generate. It is actually the process of generating knowledge that is my fascination and site of inquiry in this work.