This series of works began with the discovery of a dead garter snake in the backlane. It appeared to be roadkill. I picked it up (with a baggie over my hand) brought it home, donned rubber gloves and skinned it. It was very beautiful. I felt it rather "obvious" but I wrapped it around an apple and considered it done. I had hoped it would dry out, but instead, it began festering-- so I took the liquid from it with a syringe, acquired some agar plates (courtesy of Becton Dickenson) and cultured the liquid, hoping to discover the origins of "shame." Dianne Jedlicka, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, gave me several tutorials on how to make bacterial cultures. She introduced me to the classical method for finding the strains most present: by drawing the sample across the agar in wiggly lines called, interestingly "serpentines."
After my initial samples were cultured, I continued by drawing figleaves and the letters "s, h, a, m, e" on the plates.
These images are some of the documentations of the work thus far.
I plan to photograph some of the microscope slides I have been making, alongside the production of the agar plates. I also have plans for the fabulous mold (evidenced best in "shAme.")