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Aganetha Dyck

Aganetha Dyck (b. 1937) was born near Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a Canadian artist who is interested in environmental issues, and specifically in the power of the small and inter-species communication and collaboration. Her recent research asks the question about the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from the earth. Her work is in public and private collections internationally. She received the Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction in 2006 and a Canadian Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2007.

Sports Night in Canada was a collaborative work with the honeybees, funded by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This was a performance in a clearing in the woods, an apiary of nine hives turned into a gallery with work in progress. Beekeeper Phil Veldhuis was the director, I was the tour guide, and the honeybees were the architects/artists and the apiary beehive guards. We organized bi-weekly public tours of approximately twenty people at a time for this work.

I started working with honeybees twenty years ago when I realized honeybees were such incredible creators of space. Their construction is incredibly strong. I began researching honeybees and became interested in how important they are to the universe. I asked myself, “If these creatures were to disappear from earth, what would be the ramifications to all living beings?”

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