The bee epidemic in art shows a positive link to humanity

From ancient sculptures and historic cave paintings to big screens and social media, new research on bees in creative practice from different eras reveals that we always have bee friends. I did.

Kit Prendergast, lead author of Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Science, Their hard-working spirit, sacrifice, and sweet contributions to humans have long provided artistic inspiration.

“Looking back at some of the early records of human expression in cave paintings dating back more than 8,000 years to ancient Mayan art in South America, we found that humans have a lasting relationship with bees,” Prendergast said. Said in the release.

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Engrave bee logograms on the walls of the temple in Luxor, Egypt. (Jair E. Garcia / included)

Researchers have also discovered that the positive image of bees in art may have been inspired by the sweetness of honey.

“There is a link between nutritious foods with a sweet taste that may have acted to regulate positive reactions in the brain, leading to the development of an aesthetic appraisal of the work that represents honeybees.” It states. Papers published in Art and Perception..

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Expression of bees in Chinese painting. (Included)

This aesthetic appeal continues today, with Combees ranging from Pokemon characters, including Combee, to 3D-printed honeycomb structures that NASA says could be the future home of Mars. It is expressed in various media and platforms.

“These examples clearly show how honeybees are deeply rooted in how different people around the world recognize and associate them through creative practices,” says Prendergast.

She also wanted to be able to leverage the aesthetic connections with honeybees shown in the study to help address the underlying threats that could have a dramatic impact on the future of honeybees.

“Scientific and general that bee species face many threats, including the expansion of human industrialized life and agricultural practices, habitat fragmentation, increased urbanization, and extinction due to the effects of pesticide use. Awareness is rising. “

For example, the hive, a 14-meter aluminum honeycomb structure, was built to pay attention to the decline of bees.Spokesman Said “Inspired by scientific research on honeybee health, this work is a visual symbol of the challenges facing honeybees today.”

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Enjoy the classic design of Beehive, New Zealand’s Beehiveville and Hive, which have inspired humans for over 2,000 years. (Included)

Associate Professor Adrian Dier, co-author of RMIT University, said the consistent appearance of bees in art shows the positive effects they have had on humankind.

“Frequent bee art themes show our common understanding of human culture about how important bees are to our lives and prosperity,” Dier said.

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Jessie Zhang is a Sydney-based journalist who reports on Australian news. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and music. Contact her at [email protected]