catalog of nests

Many types of hornets and wasps create nests from chewing and forming paper pulp from wood and other plant matter in their immediate surroundings. I have been collecting these found abandoned nests since childhood, with friends gifting me some that they’ve found, but only recently have I begun to document their variations. Each one, even of the same species is different in construction and patterning, even while still following recognizably similar structures. While most often these objects are avoided and destroyed, photographing them allows viewers the chance to observe these found sculptures more closely.

installation view at the Fox Building Studios, Baltimore Maryland