Sally Payen

Becoming Huber  2014   Ink, gouache and spray paint on vellum, borrowed maps and texts from Alfred Watkins Postal Club

I have used the working-men bee photographs of Alfred Watkins to suggest aspects of the story of Francois Huber (1750 – 1831), a blind scientist who trained his assistant Burnens to become his eyes and conduct experiments on the life of the honey bee.  Becoming Huber is inspired by the limits of what can be known, what is seen and what is felt. Both Watkins and Huber are big dreamers who shared flashes of darkness (by which I mean both seeing in the dark, the photographic dark space, the shutter) that led to the dawning light.