bacterial auto-portrait
consists of my own enterobacteria drawn onto the surface of seven large (6”) agar plates. Invisble for the first few hours, when held at the appropriate temperature [body temperature, or slightly higher], the images reveal themselves and flourish over the course of the exhibition.

On the seven plates, the imagery progresses from

a portrait of a single coliform organism->
group of coliform organisms->
human form->
group of humans->
to the cosmos
....all rendered in living media.

About this piece:

Title: mE.coli
Year: 2000
Dimensions: variable
Materials: enterobacteria, agar, glass petri dishes