Bee Art… Honeyscribe by Amy Sheltan
I stumbled across this gorgeous art project by artist Amy Sheltan. Love it. Art meets science meets history meets food. Here’s some info about her bee art:
“An artistic investigation of the honeybee
Honeyscribe is a new project beginning in February 2011, which investigates the life and health of the honeybee over an entire bee year.
In Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs document the role of a ‘Honeyscribe’ tasked to record every drop of honey produced. I will assume the role of a contemporary honey scribe, charting current threats to the health of this key species and reflecting upon bee behaviour.
Honeyscribe emphasizes communication, exchange, diversity and collaboration, deploying a deep-felt sensitivity for place and community and the shared environments of the insect, animal and human….
There is a strong artistic tradition in England of ‘unseen landscapes’. William Blake famously perceived the world in a grain of sand, and ‘heaven in a wild flower’. For me, the domestic beehive represents this place – a locus of wildness fusing with human culture. “ (Emphasis in the last sentence is mine.)
Check it out! She has other fascinating work on the site as well.