A process-oriented collaborating team of two, A BEE manipulates original silk-screened imagery into 21st-century tapestorial sculpture:
Mutable floating floor-to-ceiling graphic panels designed to be linked and randomly recombined as per want. These narrative sculptures have grown into epic sized installation pieces that reflect the lush environment that influences our thought process and plays on the duality and chiral mirroring of the A BEE collective: Cars Houseman + Darka Novoselic.
Visibly evoking rich tapestries, we weave scenes and embroider a language with print and thread; the sheer scale of the work feels as if one is walking alongside detailed visions, becoming absorbed and overpowered at the same time.
Fluid panels of print ripple with movement, light and ghost images. Using projections of the pictorial imagery and incorporating our filmography lends a dreamlike atmosphere, marrying life with illusion.
To the gossamer we incorporate the weighty tapestorial pieces rife with detailed surface darning, dual sided, batted, then densely stitched, embellished and embroidered with miles of colored threads achieving the bulk, pull and buckling similar to woven tapestry---simultaneously keeping alive the idea of old master craft tapestry while applying a contemporary perspective.
Each installation becomes its own performance art as the A BEE team builds a site-specific environment; easily transported, set in non-permanent sweeping scale. Each component broadcasting emphasis on symbology and pattern, matched with narrative iconography.
21st-century tapestorial sculpture that undulates and comes alive, inviting each viewer to an extraordinary journey reflective of the continual thread of life, the day to day beauty, timeless and ageless, spinning the destiny of the world into being.