Monday, November 10, 2008

h i v e

hive: lupine (detail)

this is
the final
series
of 10
for
the forgotten works
challenge
.


hive: lupine
{hive: lupine}

it began
with an obsession
that
my brother
(who is
always a
source of
inspiration to me)

has for
the honeycomb
pattern.
he used
this pattern
to
decorate
the last
package
he mailed
to me
(containing
more
braille paper).

hive: buckwheat
{hive: buckwheat}

i have been
teaching
a class called
Pollinators in Crisis
this semester,
so i have
bees on the brain.
we have been
discussing
the plants
dependent
on bees for
pollination
and what
this means
for what we eat.
normally
i don't see things
from the plant
perspective...

hive: caraway
{hive: caraway}

but
these
past months
my
admiration
for the plant
and its
delicate
relationship
with its
pollinator
has grown...

hive:flax
{hive: flax}

all these
plants
depend
on
bees
for
pollination.


hive: mustard
{hive: mustard}

i was inspired
to include
the plant
as simple
line drawings
because
i loved
the way
it looked
on
this little
notebook



made for me
by
lisa solomon.
an artist
who i greatly
admire.

if you have
a chance,
pick up
fruitless fall
and learn
more
about our
pollinator crisis.
another great
article
in the New Yorker.

i will upload
the other 5
from
the
h i v e
series
here
tomorrow.

wishing you
a productive
week!

xo

20 comments:

Irish Chicken Soup said...

It's amazing how something so simple can be so beautiful.

artsybee said...

the mustard and lupin pieces are my favourite, lovely artistic take on an environmental issue that is apparent elsewhere in animal kingdom.

Mindy said...

The simple line drawings are really divine. I love the idea that simple is better. That's the way I live my life, or try to anyway. Very beautiful pieces.

isaac [original] said...

i remember in an earlier post you said some such thing as 'i sometimes which i had chosen art over science'.


it seems like you found a way to make them both work.

=]x

quinny:) said...

most amazing pieces of art ive ever seen! cool beans!

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shari said...

the hive and caraway is my fave. ;) rowan jacobsen is a vermonter! yay. xox

MAD ART said...

I LOVE the first one! It's so beautiful and simply serene. Very Well done, thank you for sharing!

A COLLAGE A DAY said...

very nice!
i like the second one.
are they encaustic paintings?
they look like they have a waxy surface.

r.

lisa s said...

gwen.... these are really stunning. and i love the connection between what you have been teaching.

the line drawings are so simply wonderful.
nice to hear your voice today...
xo

Ino Inuzuka said...

wow they r all so pretty.i can'e belive that someone can do that

canvas wall art said...

really nice work

Reina said...

Gosh, I love the series!

Wilford "Silly Willy" Biscuit Brimley said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Reminds me a Japanese drawings meet graffiti art.

Michelle said...

amazing art work...i love seeing such great original work...
love the hive...

izzie_tisha said...

well I'm bee-phobic.. but I love this work, the simplicity, the depth... wow! Thank god for your brother (as source of inspiration) too =)

Cyndi said...

These are all so interesting and beautiful, but the very last one is my favorite.

jenn's mama said...

This blog is way TOO damn cool! Love it love it love it - glad I found it! Thanks for sharing.

babelfish said...

I remember watching a programme sometime back about the relationship between insects and plants, so fascinating. Loving your pieces and the title 'Pollinators in Crisis'.

Loong said...

the plant need the bee and the bee need the plant...
Now, that's how it looks like...

wendy said...

so so beautiful.
i love this series!