Treasure

2020

Life size.

Materials: Beeswax, pesticide residues in the beeswax (Azoxystrobin, Boscalid, Fluxapyroxad, Fenbuconazole, Penthiopyrad, Cyprodinil, Propiconazole,  Metconazole, Pyraclostrobin, Trifoloxystrobin, Difenoconazole, Buprofezin, Chlorantraniliprole, Methoxyfenozide, Coumaphos, Piperonyl butoxide, Atrazine, Metolachlor, Trifloxystrobin, Fenpyroximate), tinned copper wire, tissue paper, dressmaking beads, cotton thread, silk fabric, dry ground artists’ pigments, acrylic paints, acrylic varnish.

Private collection.

This art installation was created for the Craft’s Council Collect Open 2020 exhibition at Somerset House, London, using traditional wax modelling techniques and honey bee wax provided by Dr. Scott McArt, Assistant Professor at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, New York. The honey bee wax, collected from bee colonies in New York State, was analysed and found to contain pesticide residues. As the sculpture contains traces of these agricultural chemicals, they have been listed as artists materials.

More information about Collect Open 2020 and the making of ‘Treasure’ can be found on my blog pages

Treasure
Image credit: James Turner

 

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Treasure (detail). Image credit: James Turner

 

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Treasure (detail). Image credit: James Turner

 

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Treasure (detail).

 

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Treasure (detail).

 

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Image credit: James Turner
The making of ‘Treasure’ video is shown with credit and thanks to collector and owner Polly Devlin OBE.