Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck creates amazing art with a team of unlikely collaborators - a friendly population of honey bees. The artist’s Masked Ball series transforms fine porcelain figures into modern masterpieces, complete with the bees’ own honeycomb additions. The sculptures take months to make, and they fuse a natural organic process with the artistic process, resulting in truly unique pieces that celebrates the work of the amazing pollinators.
Dyck has been working with honeybees to make her art works for over 20 years, but the pieces take an especially somber tone since the onslaught of colony collapse disorder has hit North America and Europe. Her intricate pieces, delicately woven and decorated by a population of honeybees in their hive, now take on new meaning, drawing attention to the beauty and importance of bees to our lives. We know that the pollinators are essential to making so much of the food we need to thrive, something that Dyck’s sculptures highlight.
The artist creates her pieces with the help of specially designed apiaries that allow her to place a foreign object inside the hive without disrupting the colony’s natural flow. After several weeks to several months, Dyck removes the object once it is sufficiently covered with delicate honeycomb sculptures.
The results are beautiful and astounding: the porcelain characters are often overgrown with a thick web of remarkably strong honeycomb. These and other pieces can be seen at the Ottawa School of Art starting March 3, 2014 during an exhibition entitled Honeybee Alterations.
Via This is Colossal