Kill Chain
Canadian conceptual artist Sarah Hatton uses the bodies of thousands of dead bees to create symbolic patterns that bring awareness to the plight of colony collapse disorder and the need to ban neonic pesticides.
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Kill Chain

Kill Chain (Bee Works)

Bee Works is a critically-acclaimed series of mixed-media pieces that raise awareness of honeybee colony collapse and pollinator decline by arranging thousands of dead bees in symbolic patterns. My purpose in creating these artworks is to call for much-needed changes to the way that Canada tolerates systemic pesticides.

2018 is the fifth anniversary of the launch of Bee Works, and I have created a new piece with a distinct twist. Wherein all previous pieces featured only female worker bees, Kill Chain uses only male drone bees to form the shape of military targeting crosshairs. These rare drone bees were salvaged from amongst the hundred thousand honeybees used to make Bee Works in 2013, and were saved for a time when their use would speak directly to the current geopolitical climate.

Kill Chain (Bee Works). Drone honeybees (Apis millefera), acrylic, resin on panel, 2018.