The work of Jennifer Angus takes inspiration from the Victorian era, for it was a time of excitement. It was the age of travel, exploration, scientific discovery and the dawning of photography. Both adults and children were
introduced to the natural world through a large number of educational publications in which various species of wildlife from insects to elephants were anthropomorphized so as to have greater appeal to the general reading public.
For the past ten years she has been creating installations composed of insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns, which reference both textiles and wallpaper. When viewers enter an installations, they are greeted with something they think they know, that is, a patterned wallpaper which could be in anyone’s home. However upon closer examination, one discovers that it is entirely made up of insects. Tension is created by the beauty one observes in the pattern, and the apprehension we feel toward insects.