Tom Baumgartner – Apidaex


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Artist: Tom Baumgartner

Title: Apidaex

Medium: offset lithograph

Size: 11″ x 17″

Description: The last ice age pushed into the Sonoran Desert and pushed out the saguaro cactus and the ironwood trees down to the middle of Mexico and replaced them with juniper forests and giant sloths. When the cold receded, the Saguaro came back to Arizona thousands of years faster than the ironwood. Why? Birds. Birds can migrate hundreds or thousands of miles dropping seeds from the saguaro fruit along the way. Ironwood seeds are also eaten and pooped out by pack rats which have small domains of a mile or more.

But first, plants need pollinators. In the desert, these are bats, insects, and bees. They are genetic networkers for the plants they forage. They will forage up to 4 miles and periodically, the whole hive will strike out and find a new place to resettle. Which makes me think of computer networks and networking software, site visits like to a blog and social media. Insects with a queen are really one organism. Grouped together, I image a hive to be the size of a small dog. A small dog with 10,000 stingers. I have encountered a hive on the move while hiking. I heard them before I saw them. I always give them space and respect because they can be aggressive. Our bees down here are Africanized, Africanized hybrids, aggressive, but are immune to the fungus that is killing bees elsewhere.

Biography: Tom has painted in oil and drawn with ink for 30 years with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived in Tucson for 20 years and been actively involved with local arts organizations as well as the founder of Wee Gallery. A life-long nature lover, his art has a focus on the desert landscape,

Tom Baumgartner Exhibition History: 

A(maze)ing Maps and Legends 2016
Sonoran Symbiosis 2016
Desert Corridors 2017
Arizona Otherworldly 2018
Pollen Path 2019
Queen of the Night 2017, 2018, 2019
10 x 10 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019