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Cross Pollination Lecture Series: Jennifer Angus & Dr. Kenneth Cameron
June 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This event in the Cross-Pollination lecture series will be between artist Jennifer Angus and Professor of Botany at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Ken Cameron. Jennifer Angus’s work uses patterns and insects to create beautiful designs while Dr. Cameron dedicates his time to orchid research, especially focused on understanding the cultural significance and fundamental biology of Vanilla – the ice cream orchid. Together they will be discussing the ways they are inspired by orchids as well as the stories they are able to tell.
This event is brought to you in partnership with the ODU Office of Community Engagement.
Dr. Ken Cameron’s research focuses on understanding patterns and processes that shape the incredible diversity of the orchid family, but especially those orchids related to Vanilla – the natural source of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance. His popular book, “Vanilla Orchids: Natural History & Cultivation”, is now out of print and has become a collector’s item, but he continues to share his knowledge and passion for orchids widely. Together with students and colleagues around the world, Dr. Cameron has contributed significantly to our fundamental knowledge of orchid biology through research conducted in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory. He continues to work towards the goal of producing a stable system of classification for the orchid family and to ensure their conservation for future generations.
Jennifer Angus is an artist who takes hold of her audience through the creation of patterns with insects. Her research is driven by her personal interest in a pattern’s ability to say everything without saying anything. She believes there is a cultural understanding for patterns and that provides the potential for a narrative. Angus’ combination of the beauty of patterns and the hesitation that is felt around insects come together to create wonderfully conflicting pieces.
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