Pixel Hanky 2
The Pixel Hankys are assembled using compact discs and DVDs rescued from landfill. By fragmenting the discs and meticulously assembling them into new forms, reminiscent of opulent fabric, I ask audiences to consider the transience of ‘value’ in a rapidly advancing world. The glittering interventions beg the questions, “What do we do with the leftovers of technological advancement? How do we reimagine the obsolete relics left to us by generations past?”
5 year work, in progress
Bees operate in swarms of thousands, and so it's easy for us to detach from the preciousness of each individual bee. The issue of declining bee populations feels far off, it's easy to dismiss them as 'just insects' that live by the thousands and die by the thousands. Disposable, faceless.
By immortalising and magnifying each individual bee in a frozen moment after her death, I ask audiences to look closer and be taken by the intelligent beauty of the single honey bee. Audiences are also made to pause and ruminate on each bee's passing. Each sphere is a tomb, a memorial, a silent eulogy for the hard-working honeybee.
The final structure, consisting of thousands of these spheres, will then amplify the immensity of the crisis. Thousands of individual tombs will be hung from the ceiling to form a whole new, daunting structure that audiences will be able to step inside of and contemplate from within.
The long term nature of the project asks audiences to consider the time and focus that I have given to perfectly craft each sphere for each bee. I will be executing this entire project by myself over the next several years. I have collected dead honeybees from bee keepers around Sydney. I am hand making the silicone molds used to craft the resin spheres, and hand pouring each resin sphere myself. To give you an idea of the time needed for this: it takes 8 hours to set 10 spheres. An analogue, human connection is maintained with each bee as the structure comes to fruition. This is a deliberate inversion of the industrial methods aimed at efficiency and mass production that have lead us to detach from, and destroy the natural ecosystems around us.
Honey When I’m Not With You, I Feel Like I Can’t Breathe
Ephemeral Installation. Mirrors, Bee Remains, Crystal Resin, Fresh Flowers
A huge thanks to Illawarra Coatings, resin sponsors of this project. It would not be possible without your generous contribution.