Aganetha Dyck has thousands, maybe millions, of collaborators for her art. Working with bees she rents from a keeper, she gives ordinary objects like shoes, footballs, helmets, and chipped thrift store knickknacks a second life—cloaked in honeycomb.
For Dyck, this collaboration is a form of what she calls "interspecies communication," where human and apian artists work in dialogue. She dabs wax, honey, propolis, or honeycomb patterns to encourage bees to build on certain parts of an object before placing it into a beehive specially designed for this purpose. Think of it as a kind of apian 3D-printing.