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Beeswax is a particularly long-lasting material. Samples recovered from thousands of years ago are nearly indistinguishable from fresh beeswax. If it decays, it’s decay is imperceptible. Insects don’t seem to want to eat it. Kept from excessive heat, the lifespan of beeswax is indefinite. These works by Pedro Wirz (Brazilian, born 1981) feature a few different objects—mostly toy cars, but also toy airplanes and cement casts of eggs and other shapes—set in beeswax. Wirz frames the works using scraps of wood wrapped in fabric rags.

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Beeswax is an ideal material for Wirz, whose works emerge from a nexus of natural history and ecological catastrophe. Wirz has worked extensively with organic materials including rocks, dirt, hair, and twigs. Wirz uses these materials to explore the conceptual implications of deep time beyond the human capacity for understanding, reframing human experience as a fragment of a larger scientific and supernatural history. Beeswax, with its longue durée, reveals in these works the presence of multiple timescales--the eternity of the wax, the lifecycle of the toys, the limited lifespan of the vehicles they represent, and the potential futures embodied by the enigmatic cement eggs that have been scattered throughout the compositions.  

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Trilobytes, 2018

Trilobytes, 2018

Bronze and carpaint on rock

Approximately 25 inches, diameter

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Termite Terminators, 2020

Termite Terminators, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Charming Coal, 2020

Charming Coal, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Honey Bees, 2020

Honey Bees, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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White Swarm, 2020

White Swarm, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Ant Dorm, 2020

Ant Dorm, 2020

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Snowflake, 2020

Snowflake, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Golden Eagle, 2020

Golden Eagle, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Quicksand, 2020

Quicksand, 2020

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20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Royal Jelly, 2020

Royal Jelly, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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Trilobytes, 2018

Trilobytes, 2018

Bronze and carpaint on rock

Approximately 25 inches, diameter

Price on request

Termite Terminators, 2020

Termite Terminators, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Charming Coal, 2020

Charming Coal, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Honey Bees, 2020

Honey Bees, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

White Swarm, 2020

White Swarm, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Ant Dorm, 2020

Ant Dorm, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Snowflake, 2020

Snowflake, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Golden Eagle, 2020

Golden Eagle, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Quicksand, 2020

Quicksand, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

Royal Jelly, 2020

Royal Jelly, 2020

Mixed media on plywood board 

20 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 4 inches

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