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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: Aganetha Dyck’s Sculptural Collaborations — With Bees
March 1, 2014
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Aganetha Dyck 

Born and raised: Winnipeg, 1937

Lives and works: Winnipeg

The work: For most people, bees are either a source of fear or of honey. But Aganetha Dyck's sculptures, glass dresses and dollhouses are a genuine collaboration with them. Bees buzz around the work, building honeycombs and surrounding the porcelain and glass surfaces with the fruits of their labour.

How she makes the sculptures: Dyck starts by introducing an object into the hives for the bees to respond to. “The time for honeybees to complete a sculpture or alter a drawing or alter a print can take from a week to several beekeeping seasons of July and August of every year," she told It took 10 beekeeping seasons, for example, to create the honeycombed glass wedding gown in the gallery above.

Inter-species communication: Dyck's been working with bees for more than 20 years in apiary studios and bee labs around the word. She describes her work as a kind of inter-species communication. “I decided to collaborate with honeybees the day I discovered that honeybees could dance, create audio, sculpt, solve problems and communicate,” she said.

Dyck's exhibit Honeybee Alerations runs March 3 to April 13 at the Ottawa School of Art.


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