Thesis Title

Dear Bees, I love you.

Major Department

Art, Studio


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2016

Honors Major Advisor

Keeho Yuen

Thesis Mentor

Dan Miller


Dear Bees, I love you, is a project about working with honey bees and making art with them. Installing hand made notes into the hive allow for the hive to respond in their most bee-like way to a human gesture. Together, it has become an inter-species art project about how to learn to love and respect each other. A mock hive was built for the gallery space with recorded live hive sounds and scented with a crock pot full of unprocessed wax and honey. Guests were encouraged to drop their own written notes into the hive as a way to pause for a moment of reflection. The project was a useful tool to talk about science, art, and the process of making in a way that could connect to a variety of people and their interests.


honey, beekeeping, notes, letter writing, love, science, inter species, bees, insects, wax, propolis

Total Pages

1 page


Copyright © 2016 Dakota E Keller

Additional Files

IMG_2328[1].JPG (2808 kB)
Note cards just removed from hive after 1 month

IMG_2419[1].JPG (1774 kB)