I pretty much love anything Isabella Rossellini does. She is perhaps best known as a model, and for her role in Blue Velvet, but she has recently taken to some peformance art where she acts out the more intimite lives of animals. I stumbled upon a book/video series called Green Porno a couple of years ago at a local artsy bookstore, then called Domy Books, now called Farwell Books. Isabella Rossellini is dressed up in these amazing theatrical animal costumes, and she acts out the somewhat bizarre courtship and mating habits of different animals in a scientific but humorous way. Here's one of my favorites.
She also teamed up with Burt's Bees and did some videos about just how awesome bees really are. There are three videos in total (although she also does a different and interesting bee video in her Green Porno series.) All of them are highly educational, and also touch on ways that everyone can do to help the bees.
And one more.
Recently, I was listening to an interview where she was talking about how altruism is not just a human trait, but one that can be found in lots of animals, mostly with mothers and their young. This had lead Isabella to her next and latest series, Mamas. There's only a couple of videos so far, one a spider who is consumbed by her babies, and another where she is a hampster that consumes her babies.
I won't show any more videos, leaving you and youtube to do the rest, but every last one is amazing and fun to watch. The lives of animals are fascinating, and the way Isabella Rossellini playfully presents them is a joy to watch. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.
About two years ago I had a dream of a bee, fuzzy, black and large. I could feel its buzzing vibrate through me as she flew around my head. She then landed in my ear and proceeded to crawl inside. After here, I don't remember much. I believe the shock of having another creature flying around inside woke me.
From there, I started painting bees. The first one was "Bee Where," which remains very special to me. I also started researching bees at this point, and became fascinated by these little angels.
There are lots of interesting things about bees. They have ten times more grey matter than mammals. They communicate by dance. Their honey never decays, and can heal wounds. They have been around for at least 65 million years, and we owe a third of our food supply to their pollination. Einstein was quoted saying that if bees were to perish, that mankind would have four years left. This brings to mind the horrific problem of colony collapse disorder, where bees are disappearing from their hive. A lot of the time, their bodies are not found, as if they have been raptured.
I hope to spread awareness of their plight. Their bodies are too sensitive to survive our changing world of pesticides and GMOs. Modern beekeeping practices are just as horrific, artificially inseminating the Queen, feeding her children high fructose corn syrup, and having no sense of the natural rhythms of nature and exhausting the bees.
On this blog, I want to not only share about myself and my life, but also my research on bees.
Here's a great fun read about bees,
Kelsey Jenkinson is a 27 year old artist in currently living and working in Austin, Texas.