Flies as Flowers

Fly Flower

Image: Gail Wight

The First Street Gallery (Humboldt State University) in Eureka, California will host an exhibit by Stanford artist Gail Wight. The exhibit will feature digital prints inspired by nature (and insects). Among the works is this flower made by incorporating digital scans of fly wings. It communicates the idea that flies and other insects are an important part of flower biology as pollinators. Taxonomists will be inspired to identify the family of flies.

Wight has a fascination with insects and presents perspectives on insect curation in “The Aurelians” and “Pin Up“. Pin Up is a display of larger than life “pinned butterflies” with insect pins to size. This reminds us that a substantial portion of the public views insect collections differently than most entomologists. The thought of dust mites feeding in the same beds where people sleep was the inspiration for a video presentation, “Dreams of Dust Mites“. Insect inspired art helps us to pause and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.

The http://www.humboldt.edu/first/exhibition.html will run from April 1-18.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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