Susan Hauri-Downing is an Australian/Swiss artist. She is interested in biocultural diversity, biopolitics, solastalgia and the intricacy of interspecies relationships, with a current focus on the European honey bee (Apis mellifera
). She is currently exploring relationships between honey bees, humans and ecologies, focusing on the poetics and aesthetics of human/bee/plant interactions and communications, and is particularly interested in how artistic practices might allow humans to experience/understand interspecies time. She is a beekeeper and has been an external associate with the Center for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER)
at the University of Western Australia since 2012.
Previous work has included explorations of the personal and cultural implications of the global cultivation of native and foreign plant species, including aesthetics, ties to "home", food security, traditional food availability, and materials as artefacts. When possible, she repurposes donated or surplus materials. She draws on the support, services and resources of volunteer organisations or government funded individuals/groups to network, share information, reduce costs, and to add passionate and concerned voices to the issues being explored. Production of her works often involve groups of people who share particular concerns and who might act as consultants, designers, participants, technical specialists or evaluators. Sometimes her artistic role may be simply as a facilitator.