Plight of the Honeybees

2013 Paper cutout, ink on paper 30x22

Paper cutout, ink on paper

There was a TIME article about honeybees disappearing at an alarming rate all over the world. Scientists believed a certain virus and increased use of pesticides in many rural areas are to blame, but there are speculations that microwaves from cellphones and wi-fi are more of a problem, because they are disrupting the bees’ navigation senses and therefore they are unable to properly locate their nesting and harvesting grounds. And that means many plants and trees that rely on the bees for transporting their pollen for fertilization and growth are in danger. With almost every human being on the planet in possession of a cellphone or wi-fi powered devices, that’s way too many waves for the bees to handle.

I had piles of colored poster boards I was contemplating what to do with it, and inspired by Matisse’s cutout art I cut up the pieces in circular forms to represent the microwaves and strategically placed them on a gouache-soaked board.  I then drew the little bees with ink, purposely “cut off” some of them to illustrate a point that is how bees get lost in the mass of airwaves caused by our endless obsession with our cellphones.  Even bees need some peace and quiet too, like us, so why shouldn’t they deserve some respect?  Where else are we gonna get our honeys and apples and almonds?

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