Investigation into Food Decay – Influential Artist, Photographer and MicrobiologistPosted: January 20, 2014 | |
“As far as artistic methods go, it’s certainly creative. A photographer, and former microbiologist, has worked out how to make portraits by growing strategically placed bacteria cultures.
Zachary Copfer developed the technique, which he dubs ‘bacteriography’, using photographs of famous faces such as Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and telescopic images of the Milky Way.
It works by taking a bacteria such as E.coli, turning it into a fluorescent protein and spreading it across a plate.
A negative of the photograph is then layered on top of the plate and exposed to radiation with the bacteria growing up in strategic places to bring out the image. It is then coated in acrylic and resin.”
This is highly influential to my food decay over time project as like me, here is an artist creating art from mould and being inspired by Decay. I saw this artists work after creating my petri dish piece and thought it was highly interesting. It is amazing that he has figured out a way to control the mould to make it produce portraits. This contrasts with my work because I am letting the mould itself create elements of my project, where as he is guiding the mould to create specific things. It is interesting, the artistic possibilities that emerge from something that is commonly taken for granted or used for a far different purpose.