Trace Paintings

These works were made by placing fabric in the hive that records traces of the bees' activities.  They both attempt to remove the fabric and glue it in place with propolis, a glue they make for sealing the hive that holds antibiotic properties.  They remove threads with their mandibles, carrying them away from the hive in tiny pieces.  I place wax in the places where I want them to pull comb to anchor the composition.  

Trace Painting #1
Trace Painting #1

2012 18″ x 18″ Sheer Fabric, Propolis, and Honeycomb

Trace Painting #1, Detail
Trace Painting #1, Detail

2012

Trace Painting #2
Trace Painting #2

2012 18″ x 18″ Silk Organza, Propolis, and Honeycomb

Trace Painting #2 Installed
Trace Painting #2 Installed

2012

Trace Painting #3
Trace Painting #3

2012 18″ x 18″ Sheer Fabric, Propolis, and Honeycomb

Pierced
Pierced

2012 12" x 12" Laser Cut Muslin, Propolis