Vespiary - Renewed

Vespiary - Renewed

Vespiary - Renewed


1. a wasps’ nest.

2. a community or colony of wasps.

The paper wasp nest started to fall apart and the babies lay strewn about a workspace. What better way to re-colonize the nest than by filling it with plastic “Caucasians” and giant insects from another continent as overseers? Though the pun is only newly intended, it seemed a natural pairing.

The objects we use to represent our human selves fascinate me, especially when they are manufactured from molds and found in multiples on a store shelf.

While the tiny pink babies are used as good fortune charms in Lenten celebrations to represent a baby Jesus in Mardi Gras celebrations, I first saw them piled in a large jar on a store counter. As my collection of smaller and larger “King” babies grew, I found other babies assigned gender by diaper colors, or faces that looked alien. I explored a narrative for their existence.

Might we one day discover tiny humans buried in polar ice that come alive after their shelter is melted? Frozen embryonic futures. Archaeologists have uncovered perfectly preserved pasts in ice. What if?