I'm going to show photos of my work first, and then I have some photos of what my classmates did as well.
1. Macro vs. micro scale
2. Living things imitating non-living things
3. Non-living things imitating living things
I had made a total of 79 petri dishes but was only able to exhibit about 45 because of problems with the resin. When making these I did not mix the mixture 50/50 or equal parts (human error) and therefore it did not cure properly. I also think the lights had something to do with it as well because some of the ones that were fully cured began to droop as well.
I do have future plans for this project and I hope to photograph each individual petri dish and then take the photographs and create a catalog of all 79 dishes.
This piece utilizes the macro vs. micro theme as well. I have used the micro botany slides as wallpaper for each box and then when you look through the peep hole the entire environment becomes enlarged and the depth is much larger than anticipated.
These were either a hit or miss. Only a miss because I noticed some people didn't even bother to look into the box. They just walked on by assuming there was nothing to see. But for those who did look inside the reaction was priceless. Many of people were extremely surprised as to how much depth was created using the peep hole.
I figured out a way to let you guys see what's inside through the peep hole. We had a professional photographer come in an hour before the show started and he was photographing everyone's space. I had talked to him about photographing the boxes, and we figured out that if you place your iPhone directly up to the opening, you could capture it the way you would see it with your eyes.
((I'm waiting for my brother to send me these photos he took using his phone. When I get them I will add them below. So make sure to check back.))
The attention to detail (or dirtail, as someone said) was well received and people couldn't believe how neat everything was. I got comments on how my studio was the most aesthetically pleasing.
The negative to doing an installation like this is that it never stays perfect. Many of people accidentally walked into my dirt and ruined the straight edges. I was debating the entire time if I should fix it or not, or just let it run it's course like an installation should. The perfectionist in me gave in, and I wound up fixing everyone's tracks if they happened to mess it up.
Other Student's Work
I got a chuckle from the title card for the piece on the left... "?"
As far as the class goes, I am so grateful I was chosen to be a part of this top-notch group of artists to work in the new field of BioArt. I have learned so much about myself as well as art/science/and my work from this experience. Suzanne Anker was right, she said once you take a class with her you will adapt your work from here on out to the biology side. I definitely see myself working this way in the future. I'm even thinking about taking more BioArt classes at SVA in the spring since I will be done at TCNJ in December. I think after all these years I have finally found a way to combine my two loves of art and science. Now that bioart is an up and coming art field and is transforming the artworld I think I won't have a problem continuing this in the future. I'm still processing mentally my experiences from this class and how they will forever change my way of thinking as an artist and as a person. So for right now, I cannot expand upon these thoughts any further.
I just want to give a thank you to everyone that came out to my show last night. Lots of surprise visitors :) It meant a lot to me that I could share this night with those who came. It has always been a goal to show my art in New York City- and I did last night. Whether it was part of school or not, it doesn't matter, it was still a huge accomplishment for me. Let's hope this is just the beginning of many future art shows in NYC.
Also a huge thank you to YOU! Yes you. I'm so glad I was able to blog about this experience and share it with many of you. Thank you all for following along with me during this journey and I hope I will be able to share many more experiences in the future with you through blogging.
Until next time :)