Bee Triptych

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On the left panel, from pre-history, is an Aegean manifestation of Artemis based on the honey bee. She is represented as a goddess and not particularly a generous and peaceful one. To me, she seems to be giving a warning to us, saying; “Mess with me at your peril”.

On the centre panel is a stylized symbol from the Merovingian line of kings (~500AD). Many other powerful people, families and nations used bees as symbols, but, unlike Artemis, not worshipped as much as admired for their ability to organize as a cohesive entity for a common purpose. The hints of ‘royalty’ within a bee community no doubt was of interest to kings and queens.

On the right panel is symbolized no bee and a resultant withered life.

From left to right is shown the degradation of how we perceive the bee, from worshipped deity to royal symbol to ‘who gives a damn’, but we do so at our peril. What will pollinate our fruit trees, wildflowers and all other fruits of this planet if not honey bees? Did that dour face of Artemis send us a message from three millennia ago?

That’s for us to decide… and soon.

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4 Responses to Bee Triptych

  1. Lisbet says:

    This is a very thoughtful and insightful view of where we at in the 21century. So beautifully put together. I so agree with your sentiments.

  2. thanks for keeping up with artcalling and Liking a post from time to time. Your work looks good, I like the bee piece a lot. I see why you liked my most recent post, since you, too, have been blessed with good mentors.
    cheers and groetjes,
    Sarah (American living north of Groningen)

    • masqua says:

      Greetings, Sarah. We have both experienced the benefits that an inspired and talented artist can provide. Mine was Rudolf Bikkers who was born in Holland but emigrated to Canada. I was born in Deventer (and I think you know where that old city is) but also emigrated to Canada.

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