There are so many intricately beautiful things in nature that we perhaps take for granted on a day-to-day basis. Honeybees, for instance, are beautiful little artists that most don’t pay attention to. Even as their populations began to dwindle, many people didn’t care beyond reading headlines. Not Aganetha Dyck, though. She is a Canadian artist who is interested in environmental issues and found a way to brilliantly incorporate honeybees into her work.
Aganetha literally collaborates with honeybees to make these delicate and visually stunning pieces of artwork.
She is fascinated by the delicate relationship that exists between nature and ourselves.
So she lets honeybees add their own artistic mark to objects of her choosing.
Then, she carves the wax down, letting you see the true connection between humans and honeybees.
Without the bees’ collaboration, this beautiful artwork wouldn’t be possible.
Honeybees typically build and use the beeswax honeycomb cells to raise and protect their young. The bees add life to these static sculptures.
The pieces they create together are all beautiful and delicate.
However, some can have an edge of otherworldliness. The alien creations are still visually stunning.
Aganetha uses apiary feeder boards and hive blankets when working with bees.
All of her interactions with the bees are safe for both parties; her intent isn’t to disturb the little artists.
There is a balance in nature between humans and the creatures on this planet.
Aganetha’s work shows us just how closely connected we can be.
This series of her work is called Honeybee Alterations. This incredible artwork is currently on display at the Ottawa School of Art, if you’d like to see it in person.
Otherwise, visit Aganetha’s site for more information on her work with the honeybees. Her work “raises ideas about our shared vulnerability, while at the same time elevating the ordinariness of our humanity.”
Source: Aganetha Dyck
Share her unique work with others. They may never look at another bees’ nest the same way again.