Tim Tate

Orphaned Artworks | Honey Home

Honey Home

by Orphaned Artworks

36H x 36W x 4D"
Aluminum, Flame Worked Glass, Mirrors, LEDs, Electronics

Some pieces in the glass and art universe appear to speak to us immediately. They seem to be inbued with a special kind of "magic". You can feel it the second you interact with it. This piece is one of them. Because it is in the form of an endless mirror, it creates a space that has never existed before. It is not a real space in this dimension. It exists only in the viewrs mind. That means I can claim this space as my own with its own set of physics and logic. In this space the bees are safe world wide, and they look over and protect us from harm. I try to always reinterpret the traditional literacy surrounding glass. It's important to be able to step back and discover and observe glass in differing forms and perspectives. This has been my lifes work. Here are the thoughts of my co-collaborators; Jason Chakiavarty and Jennifer Caldwell, on this work: “What is our fascination with bees? Why bees? Is it that they are responsible for pollinating our food? How is it that bees are the only animal livestock whose product we consume but whose body we do not? My first controlled experience with bees was with Bob the beekeeper in Santa Fe. He added some insight to the human cultural fascination with bees. As species we both have siblings and a family unit. We as individuals just as bees are held to high standards to perform a function that enables the entire tribe to exist. Do we as humans possess the compassion and empathy to bee-come selfless? We recognized when Tim approached us about a collaboration it was going to require a thoughtful presence. As one of the initial pioneers of the Glass Secessionism movement it was imperative to carefully consider the history of our professional and personal relationship with Tim. Since the pandemic, we have spoken on the phone every week or so and ‘hang out’ during the weekly studio tours. This piece refers to living selflessly to serve a single entity held above all others. Bees are inherently dedicated to the collective good. During this pandemic not only worldwide, but we as glass artists and enthusiasts we continue find ways to share our collective interests for the better of the hive.” This piece is available through Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto