Queen Bee
Steele Gallery
January 24 - March 11, 2011

Seattle artist Amy Johnson transforms the Steele Gallery into a site-specific installation composed of mixed-media materials and audio. Johnson uses storytelling to compose imagery and create environments that illustrate both the gruesome and the seductive nature of fairy tales. Her work explores the tension between the myths and realities embedded in her Southern heritage and cultural expectations for women.

Amy Johnson makes a performance debut as the Queen Bee during this one-night event in the Steele Gallery. Johnson interacts with her installation, engaging with the objects as if they are a theater set. Inspired by a passage from the Danish fairytale "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, Johnson brings to life subtle details of this familiar story and personifies the relationships between a Queen Bee and her hive.

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