Randy Orzano. Artist
I place paper and canvas in beehives. The bees place wax and propolis on the surface and remove the paper by tearing off pieces and discarding them. The canvas and the paper eventually become part of the bee’s hive as they build wax foundation and raise brood. Concerned foremost with process, I merge the collaborative method with the natural cycle of the bee, as I reuse the hive’s own products.
My awareness of the process and understanding of the bee have evolved from a fear of exploitation of nature to a sense of collaboration. Our culture also experiences two sides in its relationship to animals: it has the potential both to harm and to nurture.