Warning Signs: Paintings on Colony Collapse Disorder 2012-2013
My work addresses Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since 2003, more than 30% of honeybees have disappeared each year. The evidence points to use of systemic pesticides and genetically modified crops as the cause of collapse. I chose religious imagery to convey the gravity of the repercussions if we fail to save the bees. A honeybee crucified on the tassel of corn represents honeybees dying for the sins of the agricultural industry. An empty beehive transformed into a bee church, desecrated with graffiti logos of pesticide companies, reflects that the bees have lost their way as the pesticides make them forget how to communicate the location of food sources. The writing on the wall, from the Book of Daniel, shows ominously through an empty honeycomb. The last of the bees honor their lost hive wearing Day of the Dead masks while a scientist in biohazard suit checks the GMO apple blossoms he has created. Each piece is larger than the last just as the impact of CCD grows each year.