This beautiful work entitled “Colias Eurydice” by New Mexico based artist Jo Whaley is featured in the two-part exhibition Selections from the Collection, a showing of works that highlight women and their contributions to art located in both the MCC Art Gallery and Drachler Art Library.
Jo Whaley’s work is held in the permanent collections across the country including Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Diego’s Museum of Photographic arts, and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Whaley’s photographs in the series “The Theater of Insects” include real insects with imagined habitat backgrounds. All items are arranged intuitively into environments similar to that of dioramas found in Natural History Museums. However, the environments that Whaley creates are manufactured and often disparate from insects. Studio lighting is key to unifying these elements. A click of a camera finalizes the work’s performance.
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