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My proposal for my first solo exhibition since I moved to Switzerland has been accepted and I need your help to produce the artworks.



Bee poiesis is an art exhibition with community outreach, to be held 31 October to 9 November 2014 at the Müllerhaus, Lenzburg in Switzerland where I now live. This exhibition explores the relationships between wild bees, honey bees, plants and humans. It engages with the global bee crisis and loss of biological diversity that we are currently experiencing, through the poetics and aesthetics of human/bee/plant interactions and communications. As a newly trained beekeeper, artist and citizen of Switzerland and Australia, Bee poiesis is my response to these concerns and will include mixed media artworks, public talks by local, national and international speakers, and a series of artist workshops for school children.

Your support is vital!

Over the last decade significant honeybee colony losses have occurred across the globe. Honeybees play an important agricultural role in pollination, providing fruit and vegetables for human consumption, as well as feed for meat and dairy cattle. In response to concerns about bee decline and its effect on agriculture, more and more non-beekeepers are actively interested in keeping bees. With Bee Poiesis, I will attempt to create a meeting space for beekeepers, artists, scientists, local food producers, people passionate about biodiversity, school children, and in fact anyone passionate about bees and their vital roles in our communities. I have already received sponsorship to bring local, national and international speakers together for the public talk series. I need your support to produce artworks for the exhibition.



Please help make the Bee Poiesis exhibition happen!

Acknowledgements

Thank you to the Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) at the University of Western Australia, the Kulturkommission Lenzburg, the Natur- und Vogelschutzverein Lenzburg and the Imkerverein Aargauisches Seetal for making the Bee Poiesis public talk series possible. Thanks also to the Kulturkommission Lenzburg for sponsoring the exhibition venue.

Thanks to Tarsh Bates for her help organising this campaign and the exhibition.

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Some Of My Previous Work

I have been exploring the poetics and aesthetics of bees since 2012, when I undertook an art research residency (with Tarsh Bates) at the Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) at the University of Western Australia. This residency, I Lay my Ear to Furious Latin, explored the complex relationships between native bees, European honeybees, plants and humans in Perth, Western Australia. We conducted laboratory research into bee breeding techniques, held Primary School outreach activities with CIBER beeyard manager and beekeeper Tiff Bates, organised a cross-cultural workshop run by Neville Collard, and re-homed feral bees.

Conducting laboratory research, CIBER residency, 2012

Since returning to Switzerland I have spent the last two years becoming an urban artist-beekeeper. I participated in beekeeping training and am a member of my local bienenverein. Taking care of two registered hives on my property in Lenzburg allows me an intimate insight into the lives of honeybees in urban Europe. I see the dramatic effects of disease on my bees and the amount of care they need. Working with them on a daily basis has deeply affected my art practice and my understanding of my ecology, resulting in Bee Poiesis. I am also particularly interested in the effects of urbanisation on the biodiversity of bee species and the relationship between bees and the plants they pollinate.



See more of my work here

How The Funds Will Be Used

Your generous support will be used to purchase the materials to produce artworks for the exhibition, including a wild bee habitat, a digital honeybee hive, inkwash drawings of wild bees coloured with local plant dyes, watercolour paintings of local honeybee houses, glass etchings of agricultural plants that are pollinated by bees, and a glass honeybee hive made from frames from my own working hive.

Your support will go towards the purchase of…
Material costs $2460 ACHIEVED!
Postage of Pozible rewards $220 ACHIEVED!
Pozible fees (8%) $240 ACHIEVED!
Catalogue printing (300 copies) $400
Catalogue design, photography and writer fees $1,500
Exhibition venue $600
Exhibition opening $2,000
Translation fees $500
PROJECT TOTAL $8,000 AUD
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A$10 +Personal thanksa personalised thanks on Facebook and Pozible
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is November 2014
A$25 +Sticky bees+a unique set of 10 stickers, each with a trace of an encounter that occurred during this project + a personalised thanks on Facebook. *image is an example only
8 Chosen | 42 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2014
A$50 +Limited edition ‘B’shirt+you will be the proud wearer of a unique limited edition T-shirt displaying an artwork created during this project + the option to be listed as a ‘Wax Supporter' in the exhibition catalogue + a personalised "thank you" on Facebook. *image is an example only
10 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$70 +Microscope slide drawing+a unique set of 3 limited edition drawings of bees, laser-etched on microscope slides, valued at $100 + the option to be listed as a ‘Pollen Supporter' in the exhibition catalogue + a personalised "thank you" on Facebook. *image is an example only
4 Chosen | 26 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$100 +Wildbee inkwash drawing+a signed inkwash drawing (15x20cm) of a Swiss wildbee coloured with dye made from plants in my area, valued at $150 + the option to be listed as a ‘Nectar Supporter' in the exhibition catalogue + a personalised "thank you" on Facebook. *image is an example only
6 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$200 +BeePoiesis digital print+a digital photograph of unique encounter that occurred during this project, printed on archival Hähnemule photo paper (no larger than 40cm), valued at $250. You also have the option to be listed as a ‘Golden Honey Supporter' in the exhibition catalogue + a personalised "thank you" on Facebook. Choose one of eight limited edition prints. *image is an example only
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$450 +Swiss beehive window+a Swiss beehive window, laser-etched with the image of a frame from one of my working hives, valued at $500 + the option to be listed as a ‘Royal Jelly Supporter' in the exhibition catalogue + a personalised "thank you" on Facebook. The work will be inspired by a frame such as this...
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2015