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With Honey in the Mouth - Con Miel en la Boca

Solo Exhibition, May 6 - Sep 13

Grand Central Art Center

Santa Ana, CA

(Funded in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation)

With Honey in the Mouth - Con Miel en la Boca examines the synchronicities between
honeybees and human-forced migration journeys.

Honeybees are required to sustain our global ecosystem. The synchronicities between bees, their dancing patterns, and pollination exemplify purpose through collective work. Migratory pollination has become essential to agriculture in many regions as climate change and pesticides have ravaged native pollinators. Like many parallel migration stories, bees and humans continue to expand their territories for the survival of their colonies. The labor of these groups is often exploited, forced to work the land to support food production for the betterment of others, all while remaining responsible for nurturing the next generations and contributing to their communities.

The initial concept for the works in the gallery comes from the artist's personal experience of growing up around bees as a child in her elementary school in her native country of Colombia, where she learned to follow the bees example of service to humanity as they provide a model for human potential - the ideals to transcend and give meaning beyond one's own existence. The stories of women in Alicia's family and their migration journey from Colombia have inspired artists, expressed through the collaborative process and values expressed throughout this exhibition.

Collaborators: Alejandro Soto with the Bee Army, SteadyJenny (Film/media), Frank Molnar, Joshua-Michéle Ross, Court Price, and Don Oscar Castelblanco Beekeeper in San Agustin, Colombia. The artist celebrates the first collaboration with her son Gabriel Lopez Rojas, a musician who assisted with the sound arrangement for this exhibition.

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