Heaton’s process of threading form and concept carries into another sculpture, Colony Collapse Disorder (2015), which features oversized representations of a bee and a transistor. The two parts are arranged so that the transistor appears to loom above the bee, which is abstract and misshapen, facing skyward with the assistance of two thick brass stands.
Several works in the exhibition, like the wiry sculptures of her “Kinetic Study of Bees” series, move with the help of small motors and motion sensors. The bees in these works begin to vibrate as the viewer approaches, jiggling their thin nets and emitting a familiar buzzing sound. The kinetic quality of these works stands in opposition to Heaton’s photographs, which tend to show everything the bee has left behind, in static environments. One image, entitled With Child
(2015), shows the silhouette of a figure outlined by vibrant yellow Holi powder, a substance sprinkled in traditional Hindu Holi festivals (springtime celebrations of color and love), which resembles pollen, and recalls the pollen installations of
. Here, the activities of bees, and their importance to the ecosystem, is elevated to a level of worship.