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"Sting" Art Exhibit Features Jellyfish and Honeybees

Art Show

Beginning April 7, Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus will feature the work of artist Jennifer Droblyen in an exhibit themed “sting.” The art show will be on display through May 30 at 9605 Medical Center Drive in Rockville. All art exhibits on campus are free and open to the public.

Hopkins Happenings asked Droblyen to tell us about her work.

Hopkins Happenings: Tell us about the exhibit.

Droblyen: Environmental impacts of agricultural pollutants greatly impact two classes of living things: jellyfish and honeybees. This exhibition synchronously features manipulated photographs of multiplying living blooms of jellyfish and division of the honeybee species shown in their empty hives.  It is fascinating to discover that although worlds apart, these two different groups of living things are affected greatly by the same human engineered factors.

Hopkins Happenings: Tell us about the materials you use.

For the larger works on canvas, they are photographs that I have taken and are transferred to canvas. They are then treated with beeswax and acrylic paint. The smaller framed works are created using gel transfers and then covered with wax and paint.

Hopkins Happenings: What do you hope someone looking at the exhibit experiences or Photo from the Art Showlearns from your work?

Droblyen: Initially I hope the viewers have an enjoyable experience in simply being in the space and taking in the exhibition as a whole. I hope ultimately the theme itself brings enough thought provoking awareness to the viewer that it will trigger an advocacy response for balancing our world. 

Hopkins Happenings: What is your inspiration?                                                        

Droblyen: I am inspired by the beauty I find in nature on a macro level, such as interesting knots of wood or rust forming on metal. I am also inspired by the human condition and seeing positive energy and connectivity among people emerge and evolve when tragedy strikes.