Hive Project Completed.
It is finally done. Although I had prepared small screen prints for the bees, I decided to paint jumbo bees as a last minute change. Stuffing them like pillows instead of flat images added to the thematic dimension and created a focused subject. The bees were the last to arrive to this project, when at first glance, it would seem that they were the intended subject all along. It’s the honeycombs that are the focal point for me. At first, I regretted painting in the honey combs, but after I added the jumbo bees, I felt like it tied all the elements together. I started out by screen printing images, but finished it with hand painting. This piece was created for Tel-Talk- a phone booth art project curated by Paola Poletto- as an installation on a telephone booth at the corner of Chatham Street and Locke Street in Hamilton, ON. I will create another piece for the gallery exhibition in June.
Throughout this project, I’ve struggled with impatience. Mentally badgering myself to increase productivity. I was conflicted with allowing myself permission to just let the project come together on it’s own time- to simmer out the ideas, and feel my way through the unknowing, and allow it to arise without getting in the way. Creating something new and unknown takes some time, placing pressure on myself to maximize productivity is what is counter- productive.