Crevice and Comb is an ongoing series exploring the diversity of bees and wasps around the globe. My focus has been on insects and arachnids for the past decade, particularly in conjunction with human fascination and repulsion with them. After reading about the decline of insect populations, particularly the populations of various bee species, my research revealed how little I knew about them. Globally, there are 20,000 species of bees and 30,000 species of wasps, and yet most people are only familiar with a few. Each of these species is tied to a number of other animals and plants. Not only are they important for the environment, but they are also beautiful, coming in a full range of colors and sizes. Like us, many of them are advanced builders; their nesting habits are marvels of engineering that protect from heat, moisture, cold, and predators, all built from nearby natural materials.
I work mainly with printmaking and book arts and find the tactility of metal and paper best expresses my imagery. These both cultivate the use of repetition, as well as a rich sense of time and narrative. Paper especially ties to the work of both bees and wasps, who use similar natural fibers to build their homes. Because both mediums are steeped in the tradition of fine art as well as scientific illustration, I am able to walk the line between the two. Above all, I aim for my work to both educate viewers and to further curiosity about my chosen subject matter. The world of insects should be celebrated and examined for its ecological importance not just to humans, but to all global ecology, and I strive to push that awareness forward with my work.