Empty Beauty by Holly Downing

Empty Beauty by Holly Downing

Empty Beauty

Holly Downing

Title

Empty Beauty

 
Artist

Holly Downing

  1948 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2016  
Technique
mezzotint 
Image Size
3 7/8 x 5 15/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
11 of 20  
Annotations
pencil dated after signature, titled lower center 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Rives BFK 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
HD207 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Printmaker Holly Downing has been working on a series of mezzotints related to the toll that pollution is taking on the creatures that inhabit Earth.

"Empty Beauty" is a response to Colony Collapse disorder, the phenomenon that occurs when the majority or all of the worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen. In the six years leading up to 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost. This devastation of the western honeybee is partly being linked to the family of pesticides called Neonicotinoilds. In 2013, the European Union and a few non EU countries restricted use of some of these pesticides.