As an artist and curator of Kanien’kehá:ka and French ancestry, I have always had a contentious relationship with museums. After all, they have played a critical role in the colonial project across Canada. Based on the misconception that Indigenous cultures …
If you search within Royal BC Museum natural history collections, and specifically the scientific illustrations drawn from the research surrounding those collections, you may be surprised to find a small sample of art. While the craftsmanship of scientific illustration should be, by definition, technical, precise and objective, I was happily surprised to find some beautiful examples of what I perceive as a more subjective approach
Caddisflies belong to the insect order Trichoptera, which means “hairy wings”. Although small, moth-like, and mostly obscure as adults, when immature, caddisflies are among the most bizarre and wonderful inhabitants of fresh water habitats – from tumbling creeks to soupy, plant-choked ponds.