Every third bite of food we eat is directly connected to a pollinator.
CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder has a major impact upon our lives, (http://pollinators.nbii.gov/portal/community/Communities/Ecological_Topics/Pollinators/Conservation/Threats_to_Native_Species/Colony_Collapse_Disorder_%28CCD%29/.).
To call attention to this fact, I have created HOME, my interpretations of a wild beehive. The sculpture was inspired by the hive rescue and relocation through the action of my painting student, Kelley Allton, http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=865053375308:193585669
I have inferred the natural patterns and textures seen here to convey the beauty and wonder of a wild hive. If we are engaged with natural phenomena, we tend to value and protect it. This sculpture exists as something to be encountered and explored. May this serve to better connect us to the natural world.
The hive exists in 5 panels “cells” suspended from a central ring. The angle iron armature forms support for the alternating plexiglass cells and woven rope cells. Sections of patterned plexiglass interspersed with sections of weaving will represent the different chambers and functions of the hive. The order of the cells is etched plexiglass, woven cell, etched plexiglass, woven cell, etched plexiglass. The design of the angle iron will support the organic shape of the cells. The clear and glittering plexiglass will invite investigation of the form. Depending upon its placement, it can be hung from a bracket or attached to a pole. The overall size is 4 ft in height by 3 feet at the widest point.
This sculpture follows on the heels of an encaustic wax exhibit I curated and participated in titled, GLOBAL SWARMING, with Texas/WAX at Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park, Sept 6-Jan 3, 2010.