Artist Sarah Hatton collects dead bees, but we promise it’s not some sick weird thing. She collects them into complicated mandalas, swirling mathematical patterns like Fibonacci spirals that she intends to be “symbolically linked to monoculture crops” and representative of ” the bees’ loss of ability to navigate due to the toxins locked within the very source of their sustenance.”
Hatton wants her art, which contains thousands of honeybee corpses, to draw attention to the plight of honeybees suffering from colony collapse disorder, and its connection with neonicotinoid insecticides, which affect the bees’ ability to navigate. And who knows — maybe making people deal with artworks based on the carcasses of dead insects is the best way to get that message across.
Canadian Artist Sarah Hatton Turns Thousands of Dead Honeybees Into Dizzying Mandalas, Inhabitat.