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.
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 journal pages.