For this body of work I have been working with all kinds of exotic insects from South America, Africa and Australia. It's been a real roller coaster ride in some ways because when I started I really wasn't a big fan of bugs at all. In fact, the thought of actually touching them was a pretty repulsive thought. In the name of art, I got over it, although it took me three weeks to actually bring myself to open the package when it arrived from the insect shop in Canada. Yes, I bought my bugs online. They spent a few weeks in customs until they were allowed to come into the country.
Entomos features works by Bethany Krull, Cheryl Anne Lorance, Esther Neisen, Julian Montegue, Marc Dennis, Michael Rogers, Nancy Sutcliffe, Jo Newman and Debb VanDelinder (me). "This exhibition explores insect imagery in a variety of mediums and disparate conceptual intentions. Insects and arachnids possess unique aesthetic attributes, can evoke strong personal responses and tap into references ranging from cultural beliefs to scientific study. People will be surprised by the variety of work brought together in this show. says Ann Welles, director of Exhibit A. "They will see everything from anthropomorphic, and sympathetic figures created in porcelain by Bethany Krull to the highly stylized portraits of spiders by Julian Montegue." ENTOMOS opens the evening of Friday November 16, 2012 and runs through January 19, 2013. Specific times of the Friday reception are pending.