Of Insects and Men n°1

by Marlene Huissoud
 

Of Insects and Men n°1, mural piece, honeybee bio resin, discarded glass, 2017, unique piece height: 85cm, width: 70cm, depth: 25 cm, weight: 15 kg, unique piece

The industrial look and feel of the honeybee bio resin push us to questions what is a natural material and what can be its relation to similar industrial waste materials. For ‘Of Insects and Men’, we have been collecting discarded glass pieces from different companies in London. The project is a celebration of those two discarded materials that have similarities but various properties. The honeybee bio resin is used to bind the glass pieces together in those sculptural alien look pieces. It is questioning and underlining the way of how we use materials nowadays and in the future. It is as well questioning how two waste materials, natural and industrial can complement each other perfectly, giving us an upcycling approach as it’ s crucial to re-orientate ourselves to the natural world and find new ways of generating cycles in our making process. The honeybee bio resin and the glass pieces are very ambiguous, as they have a similar aesthetic but a different provenance. Of Insects & Men question us what is natural and what it is not, what is fake or real, testing our knowledges of materiality, a visual perception of materials and a textural vibrance. Of Insects & Men tells the greater discarded beauties that surround us and celebrate the cycles of material interactions, a rhythm in the process of making where industrial meets natural. I am interested in the viability of utilising insects and their waste streams to create future craft artefacts. ‘ Of Insects and Men ’ is looking to challenge industrial waste materials like off cuts of glass and combine them with natural material that I have developed such as the honeybee bio resin which has similar properties to glass. The honeybee bio resin is used to bind the glass pieces together in the sculptural pieces. The combination of distinct constituents intends to question the way we use materials today and propose a new way in which waste materials, natural and industrial, can complement each other, playing with the notion of what is fake and real.

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Marlene Huissoud

French-born, Marlene Huissoud is an experimental designer. She graduated from a MA Material Futures (known as Textile Futures) at Central […]

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