Eco-resin of epoxy (no BPA), pigment, Micro SD Memory cards, data, dead bees (either bacause of pesticides or climate change) donated by a Spanish beekeeper.
120 x 100 cm
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"FAIRIES EXIST IF YOU BELIEVE!" is an eco-resin (no BPA) block with hundreds of bees and Micro Memory cards isolated inside, like a contemporary prehistoric amber fossil. Each Micro Memory which bees seem to be flying around, contains information of extincted flower species. This piece is part of the "Elektron, Time is gold" series, a full series of sculptures that has become a fundamental pillar in Moratiel's work. In this series. Moratiel draws from the artistic and anthropological record of universal cultures, their myths and beliefs, to configure a reflective framework of allegories to the origins of human concerns, added to other ingredients such as his interest in science and nature, or some of his intense personal experience. In some of these pieces he involves thousands of bees killed by pesticides and global warming that a Spanish beekeper collects for him during months. Far from limiting itself to the environmental problems that characterize our time - and specifically the catastrophe of bees -, it shares with Aristotle, Hume or Manderville the metaphor between beekeeping and human societies to delve into concepts such as the loss of identity and individuality in favor of a shapeless mass, the situational "hornet's nest" in which we live or the dissolution of geopolitical borders. In addition, with these resin "capsules", it deepens both theoretically and practically on the exercise of the conservation of organic matter, (with all the biological interest that it may entail), a scientific practice that resonates with what Mircea Elíade would identify as the religious interest of transcendence of flesh.