CULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY is the study of insects' impacts on human culture.
"Cultural entomology studies the reasons, beliefs, and symbolism behind the inclusion of insects within all facets of the humanities."-Dexter Sear (Cultural Entomology Digest, 1993)
Cultural entomology is "the branch of investigation that addresses the influence of insects (and other terrestrial Arthropoda, including arachnids, myriapods, etc) in literature, language, music, the arts, interpretive history, religion, and recreation."-Charles Hogue (CE Digest, 1993)
Humans have included insects in art for millenia, either symbolically, literally or physically (insect products or bodies as art media). The practice of incorporating insects in art is one of my cultural entomology interests.
Klein BA. 2015. Encaustics: repurposing the architecture of insects. Introduction to
The Buzz Stops Here: an exhibition of encaustic artwork about the science and conservation
of bees. Art.Science.Gallery., Austin, TX, USA.
[The Buzz Stops Here catalogue, Introduction ]
Klein BA. 2013. Standing on the shoulders of wee giants. Introduction to ECLOSION:
a juried group exhibition of insect-inspired art. Art.Science.Gallery., Austin, TX, USA.
Klein BA. 2012. The curious connection between insects and dreams. Insects. 3:1-17.
Klein BA. 2007. Insects and Humans: a relationship recorded in visual art.
In: Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Bekoff, M., ed. Greenwood
Publ., Portsmouth, NH. [pdf, html (no images)]
Klein BA. 2005. Experimental Art: Esthetics uncovered in the science of entomology.
Entomological Society of America meetings. (abstract)
It's art if it's not anything else...unless of course it's a bicycle wheel or a urinal."
Klein BA. 2003. Par for the palette: Insects and arachnids as art media.
In: Insects in Oral Literature and Traditions. Motte-Florac, E. and
J. M. C. Thomas, eds. Peeters, Paris. [pdf, html (no images)]
Klein BA. 2003. Fabricating Insects: The unnatural history of insects on display.
Entomological Society of America meetings. (abstract) [pdf]