Washington, D.C.'s first mobile art gallery is coming to the Smithsonian's National Zoo during the annual, free holiday lights festival—ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
As part of CulturalDC's SPACE4: Visual Arts initiative—which converts a portable shipping container into a multi-functional art space—local artist Maggie Gourlay has created "Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene."
The multimedia installation features exotic, invasive insects, such as the sirex woodwasp, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, European gypsy moth and brown marmorated stink bug.
About the Exhibit
This immersive installation features artistic interpretations of insects that have migrated across the globe to the United States—many in shipping containers transporting goods—and become conservation threats in their new habitats. Gourlay's work incorporates visual and auditory reminders of the symbiotic relationship between people and nature, and explores how these insects adapt to and thrive in warmer environments.
At an interactive station in the mobile gallery, visitors can create and take home an original invasive insect print made from a special-edition stamp of one of Gourlay's "bug portraits."
Image above represents work by Maggie Gourlay, Asian Long-horned Beetle, watercolor pencil and coffee, 2017.