Map Symbiosis and Interspecies Collaborations Lansing Art Gallery119 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933WebsiteEmailPhone: (517) 374-6400 Description "I am a beekeeper and an artist - a member of two ancient brotherhoods. When I draw pictures, I feel in touch with creation and fully alive. When I open a hive, it is to the sound of 30,000 buzzing creatures, each with a venom-filled stinger, getting increasingly disturbed as I reach in and pull out frame after frame of their winter food stores and their babies, to examine them and manage the hive. In both of these callings, as artist and as keeper of the bees, I am entering worlds that are primordial – at once alluring and mystic – and of course, potentially dangerous.In this exhibit my two interests collide: The etchings are made in the usual way, but then I insert them into the hive for bees to add the next layer. Sometimes they chew up my artwork, while at other times they join forces with me to co-create. If I cover my work with a translucent layer of melted bee’s wax, it smells like home and they tend to accept it. If I attach some burr comb, they seem to like that even better and often initiate work right there. As the bees create their elegant structures, I observe and decide when to remove it all. Is this collaboration a matter of exploitation, superficial affectation or conceptual art? Am I playing with mere chance or allowing the free will of some other sentient being to enter into my creative process? I am unsure, but it seems worth examining. Event Dates August 20, 2021 (All day) August 21, 2021 (All day) More To Explore Categories: Art Exhibits & Events City: Lansing Region: Southeast Although the MEDC uses reasonable efforts to maintain the accuracy of the website content, it is not represented to be error free. Read legal information.