Erasing the Bees, durational performance - pencil drawings rubbed off wall, MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, 2019
22 species of extinct bee in the UK, drawn in order of disappearance. Erased with a sense of urgency, with audience present. As the detailed drawings disappeared a sensation of upset was created within the group as I erased the image- which emphasised the sadness and mourning to the loss of the entire species.
Raising awareness of the pollinator species lost already in the UK alone, the importance of bees, and the fragility of their existence - not only do bees pollinate 70% of the crops we eat, but they are hugely important symbiotically within the wider web of life. Bright colourful flowering plants and a multitude of creatures would simply not exist without the little pollinating workers. With 98% of UK water meadows already lost, heavy use of non-organic pesticides, homogenisation of habitats, landscapes and gardens- human impact on the populations of bees and other pollinators has been dramatic and devastating. We need to garden with notions of care, planting more bee-friendly flowers to help their survival- and ultimately the survival of nature and humans.