Elaine Whittaker The Swarm


How tasty is your blood?

From a distance the black flecks in this artwork are hard to decipher, but up close, the work allows for a long and painless encounter with hundreds of mosquitoes. We have all had to slap at a mosquito caught extracting our blood; an instinctive reaction to a tiny assailant at the centre of our continuous battle to eradicate blood-borne diseases such as malaria and Zika.

What do you bloody think?

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The Artist: Elaine Whittaker

Elaine Whittaker is a Canadian artist whose artworks consider biology as contemporary art practice, intersecting art and science. Situated in the realm of BioArt, she uses scientific methods and technologies to create installations, sculpture, paintings, digital imagery and sound.

Whittaker has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at spaces including Riddoch Art Gallery (Mount Gambier, Australia), Fudan University Science Gallery, (Shanghai, China), Gwacheon National Science Museum (Seoul, South Korea), Islip Art Museum (Long Island, USA), Ontario Science Centre Idea Gallery, (Toronto, Canada), Science Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), Plug In Institute (Winnipeg, Canada), ARC Gallery (Chicago, USA), Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (Whitehorse, Canada), McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Canada), Kunsthaus Santa Fe (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (Michigan, USA), and Red Head Gallery (Toronto, Canada).

Her artwork has also been featured in books, online galleries, literary, and academic journals, and she has been an invited participant in residencies, workshops and festivals on science and art.

27 July - 13 November Blood