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The Life's Work
of 10,000 Bees
2014

 

The Life's Work of 10,000 Bees is a celebration of the incredible accomplishments of the honeybee, as well as a reminder that we must protect these valuable creatures. Using figures from Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck's book The Life of the Bee, published in 1901 and still widely accepted as one of the best resources on bees ever written, I calculated that the life's work of 10,000 bees would be the production of approximately two pounds of honey.

In the installation, 10,000 tiny two-dimensional bees fill the gallery space. These bees have been photographically reproduced in the black and white darkroom from 35 mm film, hand-colored, and cut out individually. The bees are displayed on straight pins, making them reminiscent of an entomological collection. The queen bee is on display at the center of the installation. Just as the queen bee in a hive is responsible for laying all of the eggs, all of the bees in this installation were created from photographs of the queen bee.

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