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The Bees of Sarah Hatton

“Circle 2” Sarah Hatton. Honey bees (Apis mellifera), resin on panel, 2013. Photo by Pierre Laporte

The work of Ottawa-based artist Sarah Hatton is a strong political piece, specifically raising awareness of the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) happening to honey populations worldwide. Early this year in Chelsea, Quebec, two entire hives of bees died from frostbite. Sarah used thousands of the dead bees to create geometric patterns to display the enormity of the issue of CCD. Patterns are an important part of a bee’s life. The geometric honeycomb is the heart of a colony and bees use intricate patterns of dance-like movements to pollinate.

In Sarah’s art, the composition Florid (2013) uses the Fibonacci spiral that is seen in the pattern of a sunflower seed. Circle 1 (2013) and Circle 2 (2013) represent patterns typically found in crop circles. According to Sarah “Both of these patterns have symbolic ties to agriculture, particularly the monoculture crop system that is having such a detrimental effect on bees” with the use of pesticides. The artist’s work is aims to call awareness of not only the importance of these creatures in our lives, but also of how devastating the destruction of two hives can be to the bee population.

Honey bees (Apis mellifera), resin on panel, 2013. Photo by Pierre Laporte

Circle 1