In Collaboration With Bees, Artist Aganetha Dyck Creates Honeycomb Covered Sculptures
Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is highly concerned by environmental issues, and this concern directly influences her mixed-media art. To raise awareness of the as-of-yet unexplained Colony Collapse Disorder, which has been causing the abrupt disappearance of honeybees throughout North America and Europe, she has spent the last 18 years illustrating the connection between humans and bees in these extraordinary sculptures, created with the help of this highly industrious insect species.
First, Dyck puts porcelain figurines, shoes and other objects on apiary feeder boards. With the help of hive blankets, the bees slowly enhance the objects with an elegant wax coating and hive combs, creating these unorthodox installations. The process may take weeks or even months – until the artist decides the sculpture is done. Her artwork raises questions about the consequences for all living beings if honeybees were to disappear.
You can visit Dyck’s exhibition, called “Honeybee Alterations,” which will open at the Ottawa School of Art on 3rd March, 2014.