Wax and Guts


Wax and Guts is composed of wax pieces, similar in form to ceramic insulators used in the Japanese energy system. The wax pieces are suspended mid air while supporting thick black canvas bags resembling stomachs, filled with rice.


The beeswax pieces are providing backing to the black bags which are drawing parallels to the role of bees and polination providing support of our food system. 

The wax pieces, similar in appearance to the high-voltage ceramic insulators found in Japanese power lines, are presented as an effecting and effected presence in a network of forces.

Daniel Silva

As a shifting, malleable substance, beeswax is central to Silvas practice. Reflecting an interest in how a material will represent its environment, he indicates that wax produced by a given bee colony will display the characteristics and qualities of its surroundings: the flowers, season and weather conditions present when the wax was produced. As a result, beeswax is framed as the product of the swarms ecological relationships, the emergent result of the organization of a singular body composed by a multitude. Silvas interest in the product of a swarm organism is echoed by his intuition towards a conception of the lived experience as a multiplicity of sensory modalities one where sight is not privileged over touch, smell, taste or hearing.

This piece was developed during an artist residency in Onomichi in Japan. Silva worked with Mr Fujita, a beekeeper from Mukaishima Island  where the beeswax was sourced from. He would take a bike and a ferry to get to the farm from Onomichi where his studio and residency was based. The smell of nature and flowers from the island would come alive in his studio when he melted and sculpted the wax, releasing scents from the pollen and flora. The bags are made from local thick sailcloth canvas formed in the shape of magnified water droplets. 

Daniel Silva's work typically takes the form of assemblages that inform and transform the space around them. Perception and contemplation play an integral role in forming a cohesion that is not let by a fixed narrative.

Among the materials used by Silva are beeswax, magnets, charcoal, metal and wood, all fundamental in delivering an orchestrated interplay of emotive and referential cues. Silva has studied apiculture and his latest residencies in Colombia and Japan incorporated a beekeeping component that have informed the work with concepts such as Swarm Intelligence.​

The artist lives and works in London and Tokyo.

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