Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of black and white photographs by Rose-Lynn Fisher entitled Bee. Working with a scanning electron microscope, Fisher records in extraordinary detail, the intricate and complex anatomy of bees. She notes that, “this project really began the first time I saw the bee’s eye and was amazed to see that it echoed the structure of the honeycomb.” Her recognition of fundamental patterns in nature, from the molecular to the universal, echoes John Steinbeck’s observation that “it is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” Reflecting on the bee, Fisher takes her observation even further and wonders if the corresponding hexagonal structures could hint at "a parallel kind of encoding relevant to humanity, like fractals or the golden mean, symbolically describing the correspondence between a deeper capacity to see and to do." Crisp in detail and high in contrast, the images sometimes look like scratchboard drawings of surreal landscapes or extraterrestrials, but closer study reveals what Fisher calls a “congruency of form and function, vision and action, spirit and matter.” She concludes that the recent plight of bees has demanded a closer look at their needs and our responsibility for protecting their existence.
The microscopic details of Fisher’s bees are the rewards that Rainer Maria Rilke promised, “if you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring.”
A reception for the artist will be held at Craig Krull Gallery on Saturday, December 4, 4-6pm. Rose-Lynn Fisher will be signing copies of her new book Bee, published by Princeton Architectural Press.