Aganetha Dyck’s Sculpting and Drawing Collaboratively with Honeybees.
The newspaper headlines, predictably playful, talk about her “cooking up a honey of a show” or “minding her own beeswax.” With help from swarms of honeybees, veteran Winnipeg artist Aganetha Dyck makes provocative sculpture and mixed-media installations that explore how knowledge is transmitted between humans and other species. “I have millions of collaborators,” she says with a laugh. “I look after them well.”
Dyck has been sculpting and drawing collaboratively with honeybees for about 18 years. The process, which can take years to complete, involves placing a foreign object such as a shoe, skate or football helmet inside a beehive and waiting to see what the bees will make of it. The wax-covered forms that emerge from this unorthodox technique are always surprising. “They remind us that we and our constructions are temporary in relation to the lifespan of earth and the processes of nature,” writes Victoria curator Cathi Charles Wherry. “This raises ideas about our shared vulnerability, while at the same time elevating the ordinariness of our humanity.”
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“Aganetha Dyck’s long-standing artistic practice is marked by a profound interest in the environment. Here she explores the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. Together with her collaborators – the bees themselves – Dyck has created a diverse body of new work, including works combining cloth, thread, acrylic, ink, and honeycomb as well as mountings of a Braille version of a poem by Di Brandt incorporating bee-made chew marks.” – Michael Gibson Gallery