In North America, Europe and many other parts of the world, bee populations have dropped by 30-50% because of the disorder caused by the collapse of colonies, a phenomenon that has not escaped artist Aganetha Dyck. who makes porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment and other items left in specially designed apiaries. Over the weeks and months, ordinary objects slowly transform with the honeycomb of bees. It’s almost impossible to watch the final pieces without a smile of wonder, imagining the unconscious bees working on a piece of art. And yet, it is our own ignorance of the bond of humanity with bees and nature that Dyck challenges, two completely different life forms whose destiny is inextricably linked.
The artist Aganetha Dyck collaborates with bees:
Born in Manitoba in 1937, the Canadian artist has long been interested in interspecies communication and her research has closely examined the ramifications of bees that disappear from the Earth. Working with insects gives completely unexpected shapes that can be surprising and even humorous. “They remind us that we and our constructions are temporary in relation to the life of the earth and the processes of nature,” says curator Cathi Charles Wherry. “This raises ideas about our shared vulnerability, while at the same time raising the banality of our humanity. “
If you want to know more, I suggest you watch the video below of the Confederation Center of the Arts. Many thanks to Gibson Gallery and Aganetha and Deborah Dyck for their help. All photos are courtesy of Peter Dyck and William Eakin.
Artist Aganetha Dyck collaborates with bees to create sculptures wrapped in honeycombs: