Copper etching plate
Etching, wood, collage
A time to sow
Four years of life left
Etching & embossing
Embossing and pencil on wood hexagon
Etching and embossing
Of the globe
Etching, embossing and handcut paper
YIELD is a body of work which addresses the current plight of the honeybee and related environmental concerns. The artworks investigate the impact on, and the responsibilities of humankind within this theme.
Increasing lack of bee forage and the consequent stresses placed on these vital pollinators are major areas of concern. YIELD refers to crops: up to 90% of food crops are pollinated by bees. Loss of sustainable crops would lead to a global food shortage. YIELD implies a ‘bringing in’ or ’bringing forth’ - honeybees bring nectar into the hive for food, and bring forth information about the sites of pollen. Their sophisticated communication and navigational skills are being destroyed by crop pesticides. YIELD also relates to notions of surrender, evoking the dying of bees due to negligence in human environmental mismanagement. And YIELD invites a pause, an opportunity to contemplate ways in which we, as individuals, could become more environmentally proactive.
The ‘impression’ caused by the technique of printmaking suggests a metaphor for sociopolitical ‘impressions’ as here with environmental issues. The documentation of bee flight paths by harmonic radar exhibits a myriad of marks evoking a sense of confusion and loss, while the technique of blind embossing underpins what we choose not to see as well as the absence inherent in the potential for extinction.
YIELD seeks to highlight this significant environmental challenge. As individuals, our choices may seem to yield small results, but accumulatively could have a radical effect on the plight of the honeybee.
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