From Medusa to Eve to the Kardashians, cultural myths have equated women with both evil and nature, and these themes permeate our visual culture. This interdisciplinary course will explore how art, culture, and biology coalesce to create a vision of a dark, female, and unruly natural world. We will consider how art operates like a seductress or trap. We will look to popular culture and art history to reveal our assumptions in conflating the feminine and the natural and how these assumptions subconsciously operate within us, ingrained like automatic processes in our brainstem (or medulla oblongata). Projects will include (un)scientific illustration and (un)natural history diorama design.