Aganetha Dyck, ‘Green Hand’, 2010-2011, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2014

Estimate: $6,500.
In her best-known series, “The Masked Ball,” Aganetha Dyck transforms decorative objects, such as Victorian figurines and Chinese good luck charms, by placing them in beehives and allowing them to be covered in combs. Beginning in 2010, Dyck has collaborated with photographer William Eakin to create works by placing glass and porcelain lamps in the hives, altering their function and surface.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Michael Gibson Gallery

About Aganetha Dyck

Aganetha Dyck transforms everyday objects into delicate, fantastical sculptures that seem to suspend the passage of time. In her best-known series, “The Masked Ball,” Dyck employs honeybees as her unlikely collaborators. After selecting objects often found in dusty display cupboards or squirreled away in seldom-opened drawers, Dyck gives them to her bees to be festooned with diaphanous combs. Through the organic process, Victorian figurines and Chinese good luck charms morph into mystical, hybrid monsters or Rumpelstiltskin-like characters about to be woken from a 100-year sleep.

Canadian , b. 1937, Marquette, MB, Canada, based in Winnipeg, MB, Canada