Bugged Out: Wendy Sittner’s Insect Artworks

Inspired by the diverse elements of nature, artist Wendy Sittner’s latest series of monoprints and photolithographs focuses on the existence of insects. Sittner sees the hard exoskeletons of creepy crawlies as a metaphor for the armour we all must adopt to interact with our social environment, an idea undoubtedly drawn from the artist’s previous experience as a social worker where she often had to provide treatment to those who had been challenged and abused by the outside world.


Whilst insects typically draw up fear and repulsion, Sittner conversely uses a palette of bright colours to attract the viewer, so her work in turn evokes a sense of ambivalence and encourages audiences to reflect on their preconceived notions of insects.