TASTES

like HONEY

 

it really does..

 

  

 

 Research Residency: 

KUNST IN DER NATUR

 Waldviertel, AT

 

July 2020

 

  

 

 

 

 

Honey is food for the bees. By placing the works in their

natural habitat I could return something to the bees. 

 

 

Tastes like honey

It really does!

 

a multi-sensual work

 

 

Coming closer

you may smell honey,

hear the humming of bees,

become part of the light scenes.

   

 

 

Two hanging beekeepers

 - 

 Fine mesh coated with

Beeswax & Honey

 


 

Process 

Raw beeswax and honey rests ready for melting

 

 

Detail with a Bumblebee

Humblebee

 

 

 

   

In the beginning the works were full of bees. 

They must have felt at home?      

   

            

Return to the bees

 

 

 

Honey is food for the bees.

Wax is created by

worker bees chewing honey, 

to build honeycomb cells.

 

 

To produce 1 kg of beeswax the bees

need to sacrifice 6 kg of honey

 

 

Dipping, dripping, painting

with beeswax & honey

 

 Detail from the cloth at the foot of the tree

 

 

The first days I noticed that the work

attracted many different bees,

some wasps, hornets,

a butterfly and ants.

 

(Possibly other beings

came along and got a taste of it

too, when I was not there).

 

 

 

 Under the sun

in the rain 

as food

the artworks

out of fine mesh

coated with honey

& beeswax

will dissolve

go up in their

surrounding

 

I will document the process of decay

 

 


Maaijke Middelbeek, Beeswax, Tastes like honey, Textile art

 

Hanging Beekeeper, detail

Left: Imprint of a hole

 

 

On July 16th I dug a hole in

the ground and filled it up

with beeswax.This is how it

came out


 

 

 

Right:

Imprint of a hole

 

Hole in the ground filled

with beeswax


 

<< DOCUMENTATION >>

 

 

The sweet smell and taste, as the yellow colour, washed away

 

 

 

 

Works in the winter after,

on February 7th, 2021

 

3 Hanging beekeepers, whitewashed - photo from the backside

Fungi or mould growing on the wax skin

 

 

Most noticeable change:

 

Rain and other (weather) circumstances

washed away the golden yellow colour

of the wax.The works still have a thin

white wax coating though, making them

last longerNature left new traces

on this tissue:

 

 

a skin coloured fungi or mould?

 

 

Subtle pink, brown and grey colours 

replaced the yellow gold. 

 

 

 


 

Cloth with only a subtle yellow colouring.

Beeswax with leaves and acorns from the oak tree.