• Lynn Lampman

Creating in Community

Who could pass this hive without taking a photo? Surely, not me.

There was something so cute about it, yet something so profound.

It spoke to me of all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

We never see what the bees are doing. We never see how much work goes into what they are creating.

It seems like this is true of artists in their studios. No one sees what they are doing. Especially when you have a studio in the basement like I do.

There is much of an artist's work that is done alone.

Yet, there is an aspect to every artist and every piece of art that is communal.

Yes, we might create alone, but the communities we have been a part of come with us.

The teachers and mentors we have and had join us when we create. The people who challenged and supported us come with us when we create. And even the critics are with us spurring us on to be better and even more intentional.

I have the desire to raise mason bees when I retire. I kept honeybees bees in my early twenties. My honeybees made amazing wildflower honey, and I am counting on my mason bees will be great pollinators. They do their work very differently. Yet, each has a communal aspect to there work. Honeybees only create amidst their own kind. Mason bees are solitary bees who allow other types of bees to nest with them. The bees show us how community can look. I want both types of community in my life as an artist.

No matter how we do community it is important to realize that like the bees we pollinate wherever we land. May the pollinating we all do bring forth exquisite beauty.

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