Things with Wings

Liu Institute for Global Issues
University Of British Columbia, Vancouver

Multidisciplinary artist Charmaine Lurch brings wild bees into the popular imagination through her wire sculptures. The interplay of light and shadow on these freestanding structures—and the shadows they cast on gallery walls or in natural settings—evokes the relative invisibility of wild bees. Larger than life, Lurch’s bees attract viewers, who are invited to contemplate the significance of bees in our lives. In stark contrast to the cool metal wire, brilliantly coloured threads—based on the actual colours of wild bees—are woven through some of the artworks. Viewers are invited to touch these sculptures, and intimately interact with the bees. Thus, the artist subtly invites us to consider our intricate connection with bees and the impact of urban development on biodiversity and the natural world.