R O S E - L Y N N   F I S H E R    

The first time I looked at a bee’s eye magnified I was amazed to see a field of hexagons, just like honeycomb. A coincidence or a clue? Is it simply that hexagons are ubiquitous in nature, or is there a deeper connection between the structure of the bee’s eye and the structure she builds - in other words, corresponding frequencies expressed through similarity of form? This got me pondering on the connection between perception and action as principles. At our deepest essential being, does soul purpose resonate with an intrinsic structuring, the ‘golden mean’ within us?

As though revealing a secret, the scanning electron microscope presents a realm of structure, design and pattern at a level of intricacy we are oblivious to in our daily experience. In this bizarre frontier our sense of scale is confused, and connections between the micro and macro world become clearer and more tangible. In the myriad forms that constitute one little bee at higher and higher magnifications is a hint of the unending complexity of nature, the worlds within worlds comprising our reality. And then the realization – we are part of this too! It’s enough to rouse a mind to challenge itself; to inspire our best blend of observation and imagination, and apply it to making a better world.

The ultimate pollinator, an alchemist transmuting nectar into honey, architect, spatial genius and winged apothecary, the honeybee has been revered and utilized by civilizations throughout time. Our sustenance is dependent on bee pollination for one third of what we eat. The plight of bees due to colony collapse disorder, pesticides, habitat loss, mites, and other issues is prompting us to wake up to their needs, their necessity to us, and to take responsibility for restoring and protecting their health.

Honeybees live in a peaceful society whose industries benefit life. How can we emulate their example of harmlessness and beauty? For me, the honeybee symbolizes and embodies a congruency of form and function, vision and action, spirit and matter, all being of the same essence. I offer these photographs in celebration, respect and gratitude for all that they do and are.

© Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010


Craig Krull Gallery

press links

Smithsonian Magazine

TIME LightBox

PBS NewsHour

Discover Magazine 2010

Washington City Paper - review

Washington City Paper - 10Best

Black+White Photography-UK

B&W Magazine

NPR - The Bee's Knees

NPR - 10 from 2010

The Marginalian

Bust Magazine

Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Times

Huffington Post


American Profile

American Bee Journal

American Bee Journal 2

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - pdf

Esquire Magazine - Russia

New Scientist - UK

Quo Magazine - Spain

Focus Magazine - Italy

Make Magazine

Los Angeles Times Blog

Elizabeth Avedon

Elizabeth Avedon 2


January Magazine

Maximizing Progress

Ace Jet 170

Luminous Lint

XFUNS Magazine (Taiwan)

























































































all images and text   © Rose-Lynn Fisher  2023 all rights reserved

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, foreword by Verlyn Klinkenborg
link to book info

Antenna sockets 43x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Antenna 130x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Antenna 400x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Antenna 3300x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Pollen on antenna 1100x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Eye 190x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Eye 370x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Sting 650x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Abdomen 75x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Abdomen 370x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Wing to body 550x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Wing seam 160x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Wing hooks 700x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Proboscis 150x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

Beatrice 14x  © Rose-Lynn Fisher 2010

click link to Bee installation pics on News/Events page

bee exhibitions / film


2023            Czech documentary film: All Ends Well, directed by Miroslav Janek. Includes images from Bee series


2014            Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, NS, Canada, BEE

2013            Museum of Science, Boston, The Honeybee Revealed

2012            Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA, BEEyond link

2012            Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY, Bee

2011            Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington DC. The Landscape of Bees link

2010            Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, BEE link

2010            ML Bean Life Science Museum, BYU, Provo, UT, BEEyond link

2010            Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, BEE

2006            Brevard Museum of Art and Science (now Foosaner Art Museum), Melbourne, FL, Doggedly BEEyond


2024            MUNKERUPHUS Contemporary Art, Denmark, Superorganisme  link

2024            World Museum Liverpool, UK, BEES: A Story of Survival

2018            Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887 - 2017 link

2014            Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Beyond Earth Art: Contemporary Artists & the Environment review

2014            Cross-Mackenzie Gallery, Washington D.C. Space link

2013            Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, CA, Swarm: A Collaboration with Bees

2012            Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, Honey and the Hive

2012            Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, UNNATURAL link

2011            Wave Hill, Bronx NY, Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee

2004            United States Botanic Garden, Orangerie Gallery, Washington D.C. Great Pollinator Partnership