If you've been following my recent posts--and, honestly, who would be?--you know that my latest assemblage has been inspired by that Middle Ages phenomenon know as the plague doctor. They would visit the homes of those inflicted with the plague, more so to tabulate victims and gather statistics than to heal, often wearing masks with curved beaks (shown below).
Whether we realize it or not--and, given the lack of media attention about it, who would?--bees have been disappearing worldwide at an alarming rates.
I'm sure many would say, "So what. They're just little insects." It just so happens that those little insects are big-time pollinators and our food--ergo our LIVES--sources depend on them. This piece is my commentary on that plague. Will we heed the warning?
I wrestled with the angle of the bird skull. Should I mount it so that it's 90 degrees with the background, or should I turn it at a more significant angle? The head of the gentleman in the vintage photo is turned at an angle, so that helped make the final decision. The beak points at the same angle as his nose--and I'm happy with the look.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.