Beams Arts Festival – No Honey Eaters #2
Celebrating nature and the beautiful forms and sounds associated with it, Kirsty Collins No Honey Eaters invites the audience to experience both art and nature. Referencing the image of the endangered Honey Eater bird her interactive sculptures come to life and sing when clapped at, she endeavours to fuse an enjoyable experience with the hard-hitting revelation that you may never be able to experience the real animal in this way.
No Honey Eaters celebrates nature, the birds and the bees, and illuminates their beautiful forms and sounds. This exhibition invites audiences to connect with art and nature and to observe birds in all their elegance with short bursts of song. There is an striking contrast between the natural honeyeater bones, bees, grasses, vines with the plastic forest of electrical light wires, UV light, digital video and mechanical song birds. This work is also concerned with the extinct and endangered Australian bird species, such as our beautiful honeyeaters; as well as the mass deaths of bees here and overseas from drought, mites and pesticides. The title “No honey eaters”, refers to the fact that because there is extensive species decimation in Australia there will be, in the future, no honey for humans eat. Animals like birds, i.e. honey eaters and insects such a bees, are necessary for crop pest control and pollination of much of the food we eat. There is a growing threat to the comfortable lifestyle of the people of the land of milk and honey.
Kirsty Collins | Firefly Interactive, No Honey Eaters, 2014, Art Installation, 2 parts 2.5m x 1m,
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