The Apis artifex series

apis artifex no 1 detail
apis artifex no 1 detail (picture shows detail, sold), 2019, 43×32 cm, wool/propolis/honeycomb/honey, period in the beehive: june 10-july 5 2019

These works are the size of a beehive frame, because they are literally a collaboration with the bees in their hive. First, I felt a canvas of wool and other fibers, allowing space for the bees to both literally and figuratively complete the work. In the hive the bees fill the spaces with honeycomb and use propolis on the felt to smooth the fibers. It’s always unpredictable what the bees will make of it, and my research into their methods is in full swing. The work is seasonal because in the winter months I respect their hibernation.

Apis artifex no 8
Apis artifex no 8
Apis artifex no 8
Apis artifex no 8, 2020, 32x21 cm, wool/silk/cotton/banana fibres/honeycomb/propolis, period in the beehive: august 1-8 2020
Apis artifex no 6
Apis artifex no 6
Apis artifex no 6
Apis artifex no 6, 2020, 32x29 cm, wool/silk/cotton/banana fibres/honeycomb/propolis, period in the beehive: july 26-august 2 2020
Apis artifex no 5
Apis artifex no 5, 2020, 32x21 cm, wool/silk/cotton/banana fibres/honeycomb/propolis, period in the beehive: july 5-18 2020
Apis artifex no 5
Apis artifex no 5
Apis artifex no 3
Apis artifex no 3
Apis artifex no 3
Apis artifex no 3, 2020, 32x21 cm, wool/cotton/propolis/queen cup, period in the beehive: april 27-may 23 2020
Apis artifex no 4
Apis artifex no 4 (picture work in progress, sold), 2020, 32x21 cm, wool/silk/cotton/banana fibres/honeycomb/propolis, june 6-14 2020
Apis artifex no 2
Apis artifex no 2
Apis artifex no 2
Apis artifex no 2, 2020, 32x21 cm, wool/cotton/banana fibres/silk/honeycomb/propolis, period in the beehive: april 23-may 8 2020
Apis artifex no 7
Apis artifex no 7
Apis artifex no 7
Apis artifex no 7, 2020, wool/sealing beeswax/flax fibres/propolis, period in the beehive: july 19-august 2 2020