Bees provide inspiration to numerous illustrators, and creators-alike. Bee-generated art has been around for a while. Artists such as Aganetha Dyck, Ren Ri, and Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny use bees to create installation art and sculpture.
Since bees have the ability to 3-D print honeycomb in any shape possible, these artists orchestrate the bees to create life-sized sculptures of anything from clothing to the human form. They place various shapes within a “hive” and wait for the bees to do their work.
Most of the objects placed in the hives are “ready-made” everyday objects. The bees then create a honeycomb shape around the “ready-mades”. The result is fantastic, and smells amazing (I experienced one of Aganetha’s show years ago).
But is it art?
Children’s books are all about ideas. Like the sculpture and installation art world, some published books push the boundaries as to what is a story. There is B.j. Novak’s book The Book With No Pictures - that is pure silliness and delight. As the title suggests, there are no pictures in the book, just a lot of very silly text. It guarantees to entertain and bring a smile to everyone’s face.
At the other end of the spectrum there are picture books without words such as Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo. This book is beautifully illustrated, and it tells a story of a girl and her friend – purely without words.
It seems to me as far as the arts go – the great stuff entertains us or makes us think. It starts conversations. How it’s created shouldn’t matter. It’s also nice to know that a group of bees can get a major exhibit in an art gallery – if they could only learn to write!