Mackenzie Browning – Queen Bee


© 2016
edition of 2
dimensions in inches: 7.5 x 14 x 5 (open) 5 x 6.5 x 2 (closed)

About this piece:
“Queen Bee” is a handmade screen-printed artist book that is part of a four part floral series created from 2015-2016. This specific book is an edition of two, which uses archival silicon based adhesive as a main binding agent. This series uses the same screen-printed imagery in four distinctly different ways and the collaged, floral imagery is printed using a four-color process. “Queen Bee” represents a cultivated and controlled paper garden, much like many living gardens that are meticulously manicured and regulated to avoid overgrowth, weeds, unwanted insects, and stinging pollinators.

“Queen Bee” symbolizes the awareness of the honeybee without the insect being shown. The grand display that this book makes in comparison to the others denotes the importance of the honeybee to human survival. The accordion style honeycomb pages move and flex with the reader’s hands, creating a colorful floral sculpture, which transforms at every moment.

cotton paper, acrylic ink, acid free adhesive, book board

NOTE: This book is printed using Golden brand acrylic based screen printing inks and is bound using archival, acid free silicon adhesive, which is extremely strong, yet doesn’t dry out over time. All images are printed on white Somerset Satin 250gsm cotton-rag acid free printmaking paper. The books are surprisingly durable as the acrylic inks become water resistant when dry, creating a plastic like surface to the paper. These books are highly crafted to the uppermost level and are built to last.

About the artist:

Mackenzie Browning is a Denver based, Canadian artist who works primarily in screen-print, book arts, and print based sculpture. Mackenzie’s aesthetic can be described as bold, meticulous, and inventive, often blurring the lines between design, craft and fine art. His artworks are constantly pushing personal technical boundaries, often becoming architectural in nature. Mackenzie’s creations and installations reflect both his past and present lived experiences, a personal history that has primarily taken place in the suburban construct. Mackenzie holds an MFA and a BFA degree in studio art.


Mackenzie Browning – Queen Bee