like HONEY


it really does..




 Research Residency: 


 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




Raw beeswax and honey rests ready for melting



Detail with a Bumblebee






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



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





Imprint of a hole


Hole in the ground filled

with beeswax





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.