sweet as honey...

Honey bees. Honey bees.

Blessed little honeybees how I adore you.  My admiration of them is boundless and although I used to talk to mine as they all flew back to the hives at night, I can seriously say I never thought about undertaking an art project with them.

The same can't be said for the wonderful Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck who set about creating art with them.

In the honeybees she finds an unlikely collaborator for her sculptural pieces, putting honeybees to work as both her muses and fellow artists. She places sculptures, porcelain and other objects in specially made hives and lets the bees do their work, carefully removing the piece when she deems them complete, and covered with layers of succulent honeycomb. Man and nature working together in the name of art. She calls these interspecies sculptures. How glorious is that?

Using porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment, and other objects left in specially designed apiaries. As the weeks and months pass the ordinary objects are slowly transformed with the bees’ wax honeycomb.

There is nothing more delicious thanhoney straight from the honeycomb. When I had my hives I was amazed that the honey was warm. I don't think I have ever tasted anything as delicious in my whole life...

Born in Manitoba in 1937, the Canadian artist has long been interested in inter-species communication and her research has closely examined the the ramifications of honeybees disappearing from Earth.  

“They remind us that we and our constructions are temporary in relation to the lifespan of earth and the processes of nature"

True sweetness in every way...

Queen Marie