Polluters versus Pollinators


Cradled wood panel-assemblage, distressed wood frame, three ceramic bee replicas with three wire covered bee mailing containers, acrylic sand painted panel.
20″ x 16″ x 2½”
Satin Black Finished Wood
21¼” x 17¼” x 3½”

Society’s demands on the natural environment are not sustainable. The artwork Vanishing Bees is predicated on the loss of bees due to the use of pollutants, climate change, invasive species, etc. The artwork asks: “How many bees does it take to put honey on your cereal or flowers in your vase?”

Website for artist’s statement at Kolbert, E., The Sixth Extinction/An Unnatural History, Henry Holt & Co., New York, 2014.

Note: Research Sources:

  • Andrews, Caitlin: A Stinging Decline in N.H. Bubble Bees, Concord Monitor & Monadnock Ledger Transcript, December, 2017.
  • Juenger, Ernste: The Glass Bees, Noonday Press, New York, (1957), 1960.
  • Klein, Joanna: A Lineup of Bees, and Other Insects, Observatory-Findings, Events and More, N.Y. Times, September,2017.
  • Klein, Joanna: The Bees” Needs: Why the Tilia Tree Leads to Their Demise, N.Y. Times, October, 2017.
  • Mirsky, Steve: Bee Sides, Scientific America, N.Y. Times, February, 2018.
  • Steward, Susan: The Mystery and Danger of the Empty Beehives, N.Y. Times, October, 2017.

Artist’s Note:
In 1966 the artist exhibited embossed paper bee artworks, Off the Square Gallery, Cambridge, MA. Artworks based on the Ernste Juenger book, The Glass Bees, 1960.