British born artist Jane Tagg currently resides in Bucharest, Romania. Throughout her career, she has lived internationally in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She has exhibited internationally; presenting work in several solo and group exhibitions in Asia, Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Jane Tagg was originally trained in embroidery and has transferred her love of structure and intricate detail into paintings, prints and mixed media sculpture. Her work, paintings and digital graphic illustrations are sparked by a passion for environmental factors, ecosystems and conservation and are used to highlight and provoke interest in current environmental issues.
Marburg virus disease (MVD) is a rare but severe hemorrhagic fever which affects both people and non-human primates. The reservoir host of Marburg virus is the African fruit bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus. Fruit bats infected with Marburg virus do not show obvious signs of illness. Primates (including people) can become infected with Marburg virus, and may develop serious symptoms with high mortality. Monkeying Around interprets Marburg virus- a zoonotic disease that is passed from fruit bats to African green monkeys and onto humans. The busy vibrant background, bustling with sinuous forms, draws inspiration from microscopic imagery of viruses, and establishes an infected and threatening environment. Bright, fluorescent colours are used throughout the composition to establish more connections to scientific representation of viruses whilst helping to establish a lively feel. Playful monkeys climb and swing from grids, their natural environment having been destroyed through deforestation. The symptoms of Marburg virus are emphasised through the infected organs that the monkeys are juggling.