Translation

This series investigates the intersection between photography and scientific concepts. I strive to visually engage viewers in the correlation and similarities between art and science, two seemingly disparate worlds. In the creation of this work, I am collaborating with Professor Ahna Skop, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Skop runs a lab in the Biotech Genetics Building on campus that studies C.Elegan (worm) embryos as a model organism looking at many cellular processes including mitosis. Using a pipette as an artistic tool I “paint” with liquid bacteria that I have added color pigment to. The bacteria is a non-invasive strain of E.coli and is deposited onto agar plates. Using high-powered microscopes as cameras I compose imagery of these tiny microcosms. I then photo document the bacterial growth as well as the breakdown of the agar over days and weeks. These microscopic images of bacteria over time take on the appearance of macroscopic forms in nature such as coral reefs, snowflakes, or topographical maps. I then combine this imagery with found objects in a “Cabinets of Curiosity” manner, giving an installation based feel. My background in museum design helps to bridge complex science concepts through art in order make the content more accessible to the general public. These past experiences strongly influenced my interest in creating artistic work that engages science as well.