Michael Harris Junior
My work is a meditation on the interconnectedness of bees and humans. To bring light to the importance of bees, I play with scale in my watercolor, acrylic, and wood-cut pieces. As pollinators, bees are a critical part of our ecosystem and food supply; yet many are on the endangered species list, such as the rusty patched bumble bee. As a visual artist and bee advocate, I want to provide awareness to the plight of the bees, hope to the viewer, and invoke a sense of social responsibility.
Daily meditation is a process that is woven into the fabric of my work. As the watercolors pool on the paper, as my brush meets the pallet, I reflect on my work and the message or emotional expression I wish to portray. Meditation happens as I consider a subject and make a cognitive, creative interpretation of the environment. My process is one of meditation moving towards discovery. My work asks the viewer “What is wrong with this picture?” I seek to have viewer consider how their choices may affect the decline in bee population. Exploring farm scenes and creating a visual language of the farms is the next logical step for my work in order to further connect the plight of the bees with food supply. This will be done by visiting rural areas and farms in order to examine what makes up a farm scene.