“They start by placing a queen bee around my neck, on my shoulder, and one on my back. Then they all follow. I had the idea while putting honey in my coffee and watching the war on the news–a colony of honey bees has often been employed as a model of human society.
At the beginning of the sequence, you open the door. I realize quickly if I don’t harm them, they won’t harm me. At one point a queen falls down my chest and I feel the others follow like a dam that has broken.
In the dream, honey started dripping a long straight line from my legs. You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you, said Isadora Duncan.
The men from the stage company are in the back taking cell phone photos. Everyone says nothing after it is done. At the end, you close the door (which also symbolizes isolation).
The next day I have scratch marks where the three queens were. Those bees closest to her didn’t want to lose their place.”
Born in Miami, Florida, Antonia Wright (Slideluck NYC XII, Barcelona IV) graduated from the New School University in New York City with an MFA in Poetry as well as at the International Center of Photography. Recent exhibitions include Trading Places 2 at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Perfect Lovers (a Frieze New York special project) at the White Box Gallery in New York and Areoplastics in Brussels, Belgium. Other venues in South Florida include Primary Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Dorsch Gallery, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, The Frost Museum at Florida International University and The Cisneros-Fontanals Foundation (CIFO).
In April 2012, she became the first artist-in-residence at the Lotus House Shelter for women and children in Overtown, Miami. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Martin Z. Margulies at The Warehouse (Miami), The Hadley Martin Fisher Collection (Tampa), and Marty & Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel (Miami Beach). Wright and her work have been featured in publications including Art In America, New York Magazine, Daily News, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Art Newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel, ArtSlant and Miami Art Guide.
For more information, visit Wright’s website here.