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Anda Dubinskis


Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Working directly in the Glyndor House entrance foyer, Anda Dubinskis creates a wallpaper installation that responds to the four niches and curved walls. The pattern features boughs from linden trees swarming with bees, drawn by the artist from her observations of bees in Maine this summer, as well as from decorative motifs. The progressively withering foliage suggests the precarious relationship between the bees and the availability of varied sources of nectar and pollen. Linden trees flower in the spring and are immensely attractive to bees; the flowers also have medicinal uses. An example of Tilia cordata (small-leaf linden) can be found next to Glyndor House.

This project is part of the Flora & Fauna series that Anda Dubinskis began in 2009. It stems from her fascination with the sheer magnitude of the insect world and the sense of unease that these creatures provoke, despite their essential role in the balance of nature. Therefore, she introduces the intrepid bees into the domestic realm and sets up a dichotomy between their movement and dimensionality, and the flatness of the decorative motifs.

Painting and drawing are central to Anda Dubinskis’s practice. She has had solo exhibitions at List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA; Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has also been included in many group exhibitions, such as the Portland Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. She was a resident artist at the MacDowell Artist Colony in New Hampshire and the Ballinglen Arts Program in Ballycastle, Ireland. She has taught extensively and is currently on the faculty of Drexel University. She received an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Buzz, 2011 (installation views)

Buzz, 2011 (installation views)

Buzz, 2011 (installation views)

Buzz, 2011 (installation views)
Printed wallpaper and beeswax
81” x 114”
Courtesy of the artist

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.