Michael Oliveri is a contemporary artist who creates photographs of insects with the help of science. He uses strong microscopes to zoom in on pieces of insects that he piled together. Piling the insects together creates photos that remind some people of paintings in the past called "nature mortae," or still life. This artist loves to combine science with art, and shows it in a beautiful way! His photographs are very large, some around 3 feet tall! Oliveri's exhibition of his photographs, Fragments of a Violent World, was at the Albany Museum of Art last fall.
There are scientists who use photos like these to study insects! There are many different things to discover if you want to learn about insects. You can find out where they live, what they eat, and how they grow. You can also learn about how they are all differently shaped and where you can find them in the world. All of these things are part of a type of science called Entomology, the study of insects!
Check out this video to learn more about entomologists!
While we are spending so much time indoors and in your yard, you may encounter some creepy critters. But wait! Don’t squish them! Try releasing them back into the bushes, or just leaving them be! Here’s a fun activity to make learning about bugs less gross and more fun. With just a few things from around the house, you can make your very own bug buddy.
Here’s what you’ll need..
1. Hot Glue Gun or White Liquid Glue
2. Bottle Cap/Top
3. Googly Eyes (can substitute with white paper
and a sharpie)
4. Transparent (See through) or White paper