Created by multi-media artist Monique Martin – Continuous must be experienced. Your eyes are grabbed by the floor-to-ceiling linocut prints consisting of 45,000 hexagons, and approximately 4,000 bees on 1,200 square feet of paper. Your other senses are engaged by the scent of beeswax and the sound of humming that fills the air. Walking through this paper beehive encourages you to see yourself linked to the history, life cycles, and health of bees.
A fitting commemoration of our 300th gallery exhibition!
“Life is a continuous cycle of growing and changing, no matter who you are or where you live. Nothing is static. Nothing stays the same. Change is a constant in this evolving world in which we live.”
~ from Monique Martin’s artist statement
Martin’s interest in bees and our relationship to them began during a residency in Paris. Martin spent a year researching the patterns and lifecycles of bees, interacting with hives and learning from beekeepers. Her large intricate prints show an intimate understanding of hives in various states of health, reminding us of the need to address the deterioration of bee communities and how this reflects human environmental impact.
An artist talk will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm in the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. Monique Martin will present some of her research, discuss the exhibition, and will be available for questions. RSVP on Facebook.
A public reception will be held the following evening, on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. Please join us for this reception which also celebrates the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s 300th Exhibition! Purchase one of the 300 commemorative bee prints created by Monique Martin. RSVP on Facebook.
All are welcome to attend. Bee there or bee square!