Jodi Reeb created mixed-media landscape paintings using photographs taken at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum “from the bee’s perspective” and combined them with Encaustic paint as an intersection of nature and human activity. Reeb developed this new body of artwork after researching how to support the pollinator/bee species in Minnesota.
This is a new direction for Reeb combining encaustic painting to produce mixed-media works that have the luminosity of beeswax while maintaining the graphic nature of photography. It was a natural to partner with the Arboretum as a sanctuary for bees with several hives, acres of diverse pollinator habitat and an outreach education program partnered with the University of Minnesota. The project allowed Jodi to take and use photos of pollinator-friendly plants where the bees thrive.
“Working with beeswax as my primary painting medium has me very concerned about the recent decline of the pollinator population. Modern encaustic is primarily composed of 85% natural wax, produced by honeybees. There are over 400 species of native bees in Minnesota and pollinators are declining at alarming rates due to lack of habitat and pesticide use.”
This installation of paintings is a way to celebrate our region’s unique pollinator diversity and our individual and collective responsibility to ensure that future generations get to experience fields of wildflowers abuzz with pollinators.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Jodi will teach a free monotype printmaking workshop at the Arboretum open to the public on Saturday, February 9 at 1:30-3:30 p.m.