Context

The art and literature of most cultures throughout history reveal a profound connection between human societies and bees. Bees are biological indicators and have much to tell us about the state of our shared habitats and own health. 

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs document the role of a Honey Scribe tasked to record every drop of honey produced. Most modern societies have lost this detailed knowledge of the environment, and are losing the language to articulate its diversity. 

Our work is inspired by these ancient scribes. We observe and record contemporary habitats in meticulous detail to invite understanding and appreciation of biodiverse environments and their vital role in sustaining life on earth.

 

Building understanding of the environment on a micro level enables a richer understanding on a macro level. The pace of insect decline across the world is threatening the foundation of key ecosystems that have sustained life on earth for millions of years. According to the best data available, experts estimate that the abundance of flying insects has plunged by two thirds over the past 25 years, causing bird populations to drop by more than 400 million in three decades. Habitat loss is the key driver of these precipitous declines, and current research recognises a staggering crisis unfolding. The hostile terrains caused by urbanisation and agricultural intensification, which relies upon routinely dousing the landscape with blizzards of pesticides and monocultural farming practices, are leading to catastrophic consequences for the planet’s ecosystems with grave implications for human health.

Our artworks, projects and events foster dialogue and knowledge exchange about our symbiotic relationship with the natural world and seek to inspire people to develop a sense of responsibility to preserve healthy ecosystems for future generations of all species.