living like bees
how do we domesticate the matter?
the whole question dawns on my practice from a mixed educational background and a pivotal experience of a six months cohabitation in 2013 with a colony of honeybees swarmed at home. both factors have led me into studying pollinators’ social learning in comparison to human behavior as well as to deepen a likely mutual influence by merging occurrences from sociobiology, anthropology and visual arts altogether.
i seek for expressions of social dissonance to foreground throughout a multifaceted language that explores conceptions and materials within different disciplines and aesthetics encompassing natural and domestic habitats. it develops primarily a process-oriented practice focused on metamorphosis such a metaphor of social frameworks that involves a change of status, either conceptually or in its ultimate design.
what boosts the creative process is a special kind of organic hardened and calcified matter, whose ability to undergo metamorphosis makes artworks evolve autonomously and conveys a meaningful metaphor of social conflicts and inter group-rivalries in natural environments.
it’s a special kind of bone tissue-like beeswax, that doesn’t melt, sourced from collapsed hives due to infestation by great wax moth (aka galleria mellonella); i eventually up-cycle honeycombs with flames and several stages of actions along seasons to handle in the manner of man-made construction materials, until the combs split and get solid as mosaic tiles. by redesigning the ultimate spinneret, bees first construct nests made of cells, moths colonise them and build a whole new scenario, far from any anthropocentric vision and related aesthetics: although we take over our candy-coloured simulacrum of nature, moths may come back again dwelling and altering all that made latterly, in a full circle of cooperation between human ends and diverse organisms.
because of that, the creative process triggers itself a thought-provoking dialogue between never-ending processes of nature and the serial character of man-made features, tapping into metals, clay, porcelain, materials used in modern architecture and domestic habitats. working methods are those from renaissance oil painting, land art and street art as well, plugged in across various sculpting techniques.
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