Toronto-based artist Ava Roth creates total unique encaustic art with the help of honeybees. This week we chat about exploring artistic creativity and collaborating with our busy little friends to make artwork.
Toronto-based artist Ava Roth creates total unique encaustic art with the help of honeybees. And yes, you read that right, honeybees. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Ava about exploring artistic creativity and collaborating with our busy little friends on her mixed-media pieces. Tune in to hear us talk about the unique process behind Ava's current series of work in which she suspends her encaustic collages in embroidery hoops fixed to Longstroth hive frames. From here, she suspends the frames in beehives, enabling thousands of honeybees to begin inlaying their distinct work into the comb.
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Ava Roth is a Toronto-based encaustic painter, embroiderer and mixed-media artist. She has been a maker her whole life, but has spent the past several years working almost exclusively with beeswax. She is fundamentally guided and inspired by the organic and local materials she relies on, such as Canadian beeswax, foraged wood, birch bark, foliage and horsehair.
She is currently working on an inter-species collaboration with local honey bees. This work begins in her studio with the creation of encaustic collages which are suspended in embroidery hoops. The hoops are then fixed to custom-made Langstroth hive frames, and placed inside honeybee hives where thousands of bees embed the work in comb. This project, like all her work, explores the boundaries of where humans collide with the natural environment, and imagines a more beautiful outcome of our encounter.
Ava is simultaneously developing a collection of Encaustic Sewn Paintings, Encaustic Embroideries, and Encaustic Works on Paper. Combining techniques from both fine art and crafts, these collections also use natural materials and processes to explore the intersection between human beings and the natural world.
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