Natalie Straub

“as sweeter a sting” is a series of small-scale assemblage works that uses found objects, silicone, window screens, and dried insects. Using dead honeybees salvaged from an abandoned beehive, I use the bee throughout the series as a symbol of fear and loss. Bees are associated with work, so the dead bee represents a loss of productivity. If the workers are dead, who will produce the honey? And what happens to the beekeeper, the collector of the riches?