Human microbiome "prints"

Paintings and explorations on the human microbiome
We are made of many things, and many kinds of things.
 

 

 

Finger prints and air prints

Other self-portrait and Non self-portrait

Other landscapes

Bellybutton portraits

How these were made

 

 

Developed at the Bioart Summer Residency at the School of Visual Arts, 2013.

 

And most of these things are alive, and not human. I'm interested in exploring this other self, called the human microbiome - who is it? How does it change how we see ourselves? This project used scientific methods to collect samples of microorganisms from the skin of the head and hands of the artist. The samples were plated on different growth media that helps different kinds of organisms grow.

 

Other Finger Prints is the result of pressing the fingertips of my left hand onto the plate. This image was digitally edited to remove extra samples.  

 

Air print is the result of leaving a plate open to the air of the lab while I collected samples.  It can be considered a "control" plate.