I am an artist whose preferred mode of work is drawing. For the most part, I work in mixed media – graphite, charcoal, collage, pastel, photography and relief printing.
For the past six years, my subject matter has been bees–first of all honeybees–and then as I began to understand the complexity of their environment, our native bees and other pollinators. My practice includes the exploration of the floral resources that pollinators require, that is, the nectar and pollen that are critical for their survival. Gathering flowers where ever I find them, from roadsides, alleyways and fields and gardens, I record and photograph the insect or bird visitors that have dipped into the blossoms. I collect a bit of pollen, and make color samples of it; taste the nectar; research the plant’s family and characteristics and preserve the specimens via the traditional mode of pressing and drying.
With my most recent series, I print my photographic images on gampi, and dip each into melted beeswax.
I post regularly on Instagram: @guyjasna