DragaPlatteClove 200Draga Susanj’s work is intended to focus the viewer on the threats to native pollinators and their importance to the native plant environment. Her aim in the work is to attract native bees to the “bee hotel” she designed using the hexagonal shape we know from honey combs.

Her Platte Clove Residency in summer 2015 afforded her the chance to use clay from the Platte Clove creek in the adobe mixture that was a result of a rustic recipe from her native Serbia and another from the American Southwest. Her hexagonal forms made from cedar wood protect organic bamboo shoots for the bee sleeping pods held together by the clay mixture.

The resulting assemblage is an organic, living sculpture, a puzzle of self-supporting hexagons placed in a native wet meadow landscape to attract local bee populations.

Draga received a BFA in 2000 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a MFA in 2002 at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, summer 2002.

She received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2002.

A grant from the Greene Council of the Arts and support from local businesses and the Mountain Top Arboretum allowed her to create the structure and place it in the East Meadow of the Arboretum.

Mountain Top Arboretum, PO Box 379, Rt. 23C and Maude Adams Rd., Tannersville, NY 12485, 518 589-3903