April 11, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Friday, November 1, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020

Dolichovespula Maculata: Works of paper by Dianne Frost

Gallery: Peter & Madeleine Martin Corridor

Meet the artist- November 1 from 4-6 pm

Dianne Frost is an artist that is forever curious about the natural world, she is continually finding inspiration in fragments of nature. By close inspection and reflection, Dianne has been inspired to create and share something unusual or surprising with her art. This body of work is based on her backyard discovery of a hornet’s nest. Upon examination of the nest, Dianne became fascinated with the beautiful paper created by these creatures and proceeded to peel the paper layer by layer. Further research revealed that they were Baldfaced hornets (Dolichovespula Maculata). They use wood to produce this paper for the purpose of constructing a nest which protects their hive and their offspring. The process of creating art with this fragment of nature evolved into adhering hornet’s paper to paper. Many of the pieces in this series capture the whorl of the nest construction. The body of work strives to reflect for the viewer the inherent beauty of these beasts as conveyed by materials evoking the hornet’s nest.