Solitary Dwelling by Kim Kelly
Solitary Dwelling” Kimberly Immenhausen Kelly, Artisan (1962, Wilmette, IL, United States) currently living in Mundelein IL Materials • Italian vitreous glass • Glass rods • Sakrete ShapeCrete • EZ 4” x 4” Mosaic Frame • Garden Dwellings puts 3 chips of rose quartz in every handcrafted “Dwelling” piece to remind us of why we began our journey of love. Ground nesting, solitary bees are our important early-season pollinators. Solitary native bees are easily overlooked but they are known to pollinate plants more efficient than honeybees, about 90% of bee species are solitary, meaning they don’t live in colonies. These ground dwellers live only about 4-6 weeks and these bees are gentle bees because they do not have a hive and stores of honey to defend. In North America there are about 4,000 native bee species. Native bees are also struggling with stress from chemicals and habitat loss, and their populations are declining rapidly. We need to work together to get to know our native bees and help keep them from going extinct. My Art & Pollinators: My mosaic art is motivated by the vibrant colors of nature’s vistas, flora and fauna using my photographs and sketches. Due to my appreciation for Art Nouveau and Byzantine mosaics I work mostly in glass and smalti, which is noted for its multitude of varied colors, shades, and textures. My work is a blend of my ancestral identity, experience, and creative proclivities. Immenhausen, my maiden name means Bees-Live or House of the Bees—vibrant with the hum of life, each performing functions necessary for the success of the community and the world. My art acknowledges the work of threatened pollinator’s and what they do to keep our ecosystem in balance through their labors. The pollinator species is in decline and their struggles pose a significant risk to humankind. As noted by German physicist Albert Einstein, if all the bees disappeared, we’d soon be following them into extinction. Did he foretell the environmental crisis we’re just beginning to detect? I hope my work stimulates thought, dialogue, respect to our heritage and the natural world.
Materials: Italian vitreous glass and Glass rods
BUYERS PLEASE READ: Work will ship directly from the artist, estimated shipping date is by Friday 2/12/21. Shipping costs will be calculated and billed separately to the buyer in a separate invoice on Tuesday, 2/9/21. This item will be shipping from Mundelein, Illinois
|Dimensions||9 × 6 × 1 in|