Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On the Radar -- Bacterial Beauty

Fractal art by Sylvia C., here.
It's ridiculous how in tune we Blackbird girls are with each other.  Sometimes it gets a little spooky.  I got the image to the left in an email newsletter from Patternbank.  It's digital, fractal art by Sylvia C. that looks like magnified bacteria/fungi/icky junk. I thought Ms. Blackbird, the Biology edition (i.e. not me, the other one), would dig it.  So I emailed it to her.  She then sent me this beautiful image of real bacteria under stress:

Turns out she'd been looking at images of real magnified biology thingies already.  Needless to say, it's escalated since then, and we've been looking at magnified bacteria (among other things) a lot lately.  Turns out, we're not the only ones inspired by bacteria.  Surprise, surprise!

I've found lots of artists that have been recently inspired by magnified bacteria.  Here's a quick selection:

Bacteria art using pasta and bamboo skewers, Sinead Foley
Glass E.Coli, by Luke Jerram. At the Museum of Art and Design NYC through April 7
Balloon bacteria, Jason Hackenwerth
Bacteria watercolor, Sarah Roberts
Clothing and accessories using real bacteria, Sarine Zakin
Designer Iris van Herpen, 2013
SAYMYNAME, 2013, Pathovar (bacterial strain) collection

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