January 11 - February 9
Secret Observations
Unseen renderings from the drawers of the Field Museum.

Peggy Macnamara (Gallery Two)
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Peggy Macnamara’s work is concerned with the intricacies of observation. Over the past twenty five years, her art has related to public exhibits, architecture, artifacts and the natural history collections of Chicago’s Field Museum. She draws and paints in open exhibit areas, and considers interaction with the public part of the working process.

Macnamara’s compositions show the influence of her surroundings and reference the museum’s formal vitrines with their grids of insects inside. For accurate rendering, Macnamara often uses a microscope to view small insects and body sections. This close scrutiny illuminates artistic principles -- observing nature "teaches" her how to make art and, in turn, the artistic process reflects many basic scientific truths of nature.

Macnamara is currently Artist-in-Residence and an Associate of the Zoology Department at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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