The Pollinator – A Meadowland Mask      1997

Without misgiving, in ecstasy,
the task of propagating is accomplished.

Solitary hunting wasps,
their elegant black forms
flashing iridescent blues and reds,
float over steaming meadows,
nuzzling flowers, sipping nectar,
transferring pollen.
A strange tryst, this interplay,
this giving and receiving.
So unlike one another in form and yet fitting, joining in the larger design.
Season after season there is the anticipation of pleasure, the efflorescence of dignified lust, the ultimate recreation.

Out of all this comes the unfolding of new wings and new petals, the flowering and the fruit, the spreading of fresh seed.

 

29”H x 24”W x 10”D

Materials:  Wings are of rayon organza stitched over soldered copper wire. Finial brushes are of raveled rayon. Central brush is mounted into a fragment of what was once a cigarette holder. Surface is embellished with seed beads and onyx beads wired into floral shapes. Stones are garnet, opal, blue agate. Interior of mask -– blue satin brocade.

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