2013-03-05 19:29:58 - Dutch artist with a deep interest in nature, and focused on the tragic decline of honey bee populations worldwide.
Dutch artist Henriette Dingemans will present three works at the Brick Lane Gallery in London during its CONTEMPORARY 2013 show from 13 to 18 March next.
For years Henriette has, in her art, been inspired by the forces of nature and specifically the life cycle of the honeybee. The three works she will show form a representation of this.
The centrepiece, a honeycombed skull, focuses attention on the ecological consequences of the marked phenomenon of bee decline, which endangers essential food supplies across the world.
1.The Bee Keeper
This is a unique sculpture with a 3D rendering (45 x 45 cm) of the skull. It symbolises the complex relationships between natural structures described by anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner in his nine lectures
'On Bees' in 1923.
Steiner likened the bees' process of forming solid geometric honeycombs to the changes that continuously take place in the human body and in the earth itself.
2.To bee or not to bee?
Portrait -- photographic work
Bees are also believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld. In this context, the bee was seen as the messenger of the gods, falling down, like tears, towards the earth (and man) to pass on some secret message. Five signed and numbered copies are available.
3. Natural Tree
This piece is made in 'alucast', a new technique used to burn pure colours which are time and weather resistant onto a layer of aluminium.
The beauty of nature is expressed by Henriette with this third piece, Natural Tree. Its nearly overwhelming array of detailed flowers - in the ample colours nature has to offer - stirs the imagination. This artwork reflects on the decline of nature and suggests that the artist is attempting to inspire the viewer to take up the cause and outlook of sustainability. Five signed and numbered copies are available.
Henriette addresses all these problems and solutions with an aesthetic view; she seeks to engage the audience, the viewer, in providing an answer in what could well be a matter of multi-species survival.
The show, at the Brick Lane Gallery annexe, is an international collective exhibition of works from emerging and more recognised artists using painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, and mixed media, among others.
The exhibition, organized by GaleriaZero (GZ) from The Netherlands, forms part of an extensive programme, with other exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, New York, Basel and Hong Kong.
BRICK LANE GALLERY Annexe: 93-95 Sclater St, London E16HR || 13 March to 18 March 2013 || Open daily from 1.00pm to 6.00pm