Debi Sara Wilkinson

MA Art and Science

Central Saint Martins

Artist statement

My work explores what it means to work with a living organism, the honeybee. Being aware of the recent wave of creative practices using other life forms in exploring the relationship of the human with the environment, I am drawn to explore the motives for working with bees ( or any other species) in the ways that we do.

My work explores ethical issues involved in working with other life forms in stimulating public awareness and debate. With this in mind consideration is given to the environmental accountability and recyclability of the materials used in evidencing the articulation of creative work.

The key question in my work explores, “How can humans ever put ourselves into a position that sees the world from another's perspective?”. And further, what does it mean to claim that animals choose to work with the humans who work with them? To seek answers to these questions is central to our humanity with each other and with animals.

Latest research

‘The world of the honeybee is one of ultraviolet spectrums, of landscapes alien to human venture.

‘The world of the honeybee is one of ultraviolet spectrums, of landscapes alien to human venture.

‘The world of the honeybee is one of ultraviolet spectrums, of landscapes alien to human venture.

‘How then can we acquire an understanding of the world that both they and humans co inhabit ?’ Becoming what the other suggests to you through observation might be one approach.

‘How then can we acquire an understanding of the world that both they and humans co inhabit ?’ Becoming what the other suggests to you through observation might be one approach.

‘How then can we acquire an understanding of the world that both they and humans co inhabit ?’ Becoming what the other suggests to you through observation might be one approach.

In examining the science of what is known, in combination with what is felt and observed we start to get closer to those we are interconnected with.

In examining the science of what is known, in combination with what is felt and observed we start to get closer to those we are interconnected with.

In examining the science of what is known, in combination with what is felt and observed we start to get closer to those we are interconnected with.

Using materials that are environmentally friendly is important in my practice.These are tests for field work, these will inform future work, they are my experiments.

Using materials that are environmentally friendly is important in my practice.These are tests for field work, these will inform future work, they are my experiments.

Using materials that are environmentally friendly is important in my practice.These are tests for field work, these will inform future work, they are my experiments.

‘I revisit the field of enquiry and update my research on a regular basis’

‘I revisit the field of enquiry and update my research on a regular basis’

‘I revisit the field of enquiry and update my research on a regular basis’