The Life of a Honey Bee

The Life of a Honey Bee

Measuring 16cm diameter the yellow circle is created using 642 grains of pollen - the approximate amount of pollen a single bee collects in its short lifetime. The unadorned simplicity of the form and bold yellow is at odds with the stark message of the bees' self-destructive work ethic that gathers this life giving succour.

The pollen is applied to the paper in the same anti-clockwise pattern that a bee stores it in the hive and the delicate, painstaking method of application resonates in a very small way with the discipline and determination of the honey bee. We know that the vital collection and transfer of pollen is inextricably linked to the survival of the honey bee and that of humankind. But we are often oblivious to the selfless and altruistic work ethic of the bee.

Other circles have been created using different types of pollen.

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