This delicate piece is from Bridget Kennedy’s Fragile Days, Fragile Ways (In Memory Of Bees). Made with beeswax collected from a diseased hive, coal ash and 14ct gold. The wax is intended to melt away with wear as a symbol for human impact on the environment.
Fragile Days, Fragile Ways is a series of memento-mori pieces that look at loss of insect biodiversity, value and our symbiotic relationship with Nature. The use of combining diverse, non-precious and organic materials with traditionally precious materials, continues an ongoing enquiry into environmental fragility, impermanence, choice and value.
“Luckily my backyard garden native and honey bees seemed to have survived the recent hot weather (temperatures over about 42 degrees can cause the wax inside hives to soften and melt and collapse on top of the queen killing her, and we recently hit 45.3 here in Sydney).”
Bridget Kennedy, 2020
11 x 24mm