Full Circle

The works in this series depict a sandwich board advertising campaign for pollinators and the sacred homage to science and industrial food production as a blindly-unquestioning religion and the packaging of the idea of control.

Sculpture with silkscreeded bee panels and hand blown glass speakers.

2014, 5ft x 2 ft x 6ft (h/w/d)
Silkscreen printing on paper mounted on wood, hand blown glass, steel

Silvered bottles with rotating plastic plates and spooons.

Full Circle
2014, 4ft x 2 ft x 2ft (h/w/d) 
Silvered glass, plastic plates, paint, steel, wood

Installation of engraved glass bottles with dirt and grass.

2014, 1ft x 9 ft x 4'' (h/w/d) 
Engraved glass, steel, paint, dirt, grass, rubber

About the Project

Herbicides, insecticides, neonicotinoids, fungicides and the list goes on. Has the use of chemicals helped modern society increase productivity? Has it helped protect crops, pollinators and livestock? Have they helped protect human health and the environment? Or have these creations had unintended consequences?

These artworks explore an alternative version of the world of chemicals, food cycles and the effects of their usage on our surroundings. Combining printmaking, mixed media sculpture, metaphors, and graphic marketing tools, the work explores ideas around protecting, destroying, and controlling nature and examines the world of corruptive forces such as market economies, politics, and greed. Who profits from these chemical applications and who bears the burdens of their unintended impacts?

About the Collaboration

Printmaker Henrik Sundqvist and sculptor David D'Orio collaborated between 2011 and 2018 under the alias Sam Arbete — a fictitious character derived from the word ‘samarbete’ in Swedish, which means collaboration. Sam enables D’Orio and Sundqvist, who work in different media, to explore ideas together, merging their distinct styles into thought-provoking installations, prints and sculptures which blend both 2D and 3D elements into a seamless experience.

Better living through chemistry
The idea of “better living through modern chemistry” has made its way into popular culture primarily because we are made believe that science and scientists can find the answers to all the problems that confront us.
The artwork alludes to themes of trust, control and the meaning of truth.