36X36″ glicée, pencil, ink, and papercut, 2013

Honey bee (Apis mellifera): When a colony becomes too large, a portion of the bees (usually about half) will leave the hive with a new queen. This swarm of bees may contain thousands of individuals. The bees cluster together and send out scouts to find a new colony site. The scouts find potential homes, then all the bees decide together which site is the most ideal to build the colony in. The bees wait for an 80% consensus before moving to their new home. This desire for consensus and new direction drove the development of this piece.

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