I have long been interested in both art and science - first of course it was dinosaurs, then vertebrates, then insects and other arthropods. My work explores the interactions between art and science, many pieces incorporating material from research. My creatures are grown from my background working in natural history museums, preparing specimens and articulating skeletons. Evolutionary biology is my inspiration and my medium - many of my pieces are composed entirely or partially of animal-made material, such as paper from wasp’s nests, or even of bone and hide from animals, though recently paper has been my medium of choice.
The first paper on this planet was made by arthropods before the extinction of the dinosaurs, over 65 million years ago.
My sculpture explores the intricate beauty of insects and other arthropods, an elegance which frequently escapes our attention. By growing the size of their intricate, segmented bodies, I introduce these often foreign creatures into the human world in a way they are normally unable to crawl.
Vinton Space Science Gallery
Visitors to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium will be introduced to their tour of the galaxy in the Vinton Space Science Gallery, supported by a generous gift from St. Johnsbury residents Ruth and Drury Vinton. In this new gallery, photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope invite imaginary journeys through our universe and beyond.
The Vinton Gallery also holds a meteorite made of iron and nickel and weighing 17.3 pounds. This meteorite is believed to have fallen 4000 to 5000 years ago in northern Argentina, part of the largest meteorite known to have crashed to Earth.