Aganetha Dyck’s Bee Sculptures (via thisiscolossal.com)

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A facebook friend just shared this article and I thought Dyck’s work was pretty wonderful. Among other things, it made me think of one my lecturer’s interest in the baroque. Look at those silly honeycomb wigs on the little porcelain ladies! I like this art, I think it’s both joyful and playful, but also perfectly grave and serious in the issues it raises about our relationships with non-human animals, our relationship to our environment, and even, via the title “Guest Workers”, questions around the exploitation of labour (though, no, I don’t think you can exploit bees in any psychological sense, they might, though, serve as a metaphor for the exploitation of humans).

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