Microbial Me is an on-going art and science project, in collaboration with Professor Mark Clements from The University of Lincoln. Mellissa and Mark have made a series of sculptures in agar, and swabs from the surface of her skin, to make the invisible world visible. The work is a living sculpture which changes and evolves over time and shows how beautiful bacteria can be.
This work is highly experimental and both artist and scientist explore different ways to visualise bacteria, and by using casts of the artists face, they make the viewer relate to what is on their own skin. This work is an exploration of the ecosystems we have on our skin and future works will be exploring the entire body.
Microbial Me is permanently on display at The Eden Project as a part of the exhibition The Invisible You: The Human Microbiome.
"This sculpture, made from a cast of the artist’s face, is a living artwork; the bacteria from her skin grow and mix with the colonies of microbes present in the environment. It grows and dies, reflecting the cycle of life. It explores the relationship between us human beings and our microbiota." - The Eden Project
All projects using agar are supported by ThermoFisher Scientific
THE EDEN PROJECT
THE INVISIBLE YOU : THE HUMAN MICROBIOME
First Exhibition of 'Microbial Me' - Microbiological Portraits - Face of Truth - Broad Vision 2013, GV Art
In collaboration with: Professor Mark Clements, Kitti Edwards & Frederick Bell