WORKS > Biomateria

BIOMATERIA is a vital materialist mixed media and digital installation of works. The artworks in Biomateria form an inquiry into the aesthetic, conceptual and practical crossovers between textile techniques, wet biology laboratory practices and micro-ecology. Much of this work specifically comments on the relationship between nonhuman agents (cells) and human technological and creative industry, via the crafting of textile-based forms seeded with live mammalian cell lines. Through a series of reflections on making and conceptualizing, I propose a methodological strategy and philosophy for thinking around the hybrid works in Biomateria. I call this philosophy, “Haptic Epistemology”.

The process-based and hands-on nature of research-creation, in addition to the ‘matter’ (physical, political, cultural) of life science praxes, is a core research concern. The works mean to, in addition to craft and aesthetics, explore the variety of nebulous political areas concerned with BioArt: DIY bio/ bio-hacking, ethics, academic bureaucracy and institutionalism, as well as artistic goals, responsibilities and failures. Interdisciplinary practice between art and science, including methodological intersections, current policies, and thinking around the formation of new policies, have been studied as key considerations in both the execution and display of BioArt. I consider economic nuances in relation to labour practices, from a feminist materialist and craft perspective.

The works presented in this exhibition are a combination of actual and representational. Applied science/ technology, enforced institutional bureaucratic indicators, and artistic manipulations/ representations are displayed in tandem.

PRESS:
Le Devoir (Montreal)
La Presse (Montreal)
CultMTL (Montreal)

Sonya + Osanna (SAOS-2 + U-2 OS), after William Gale Gedney
Silk and cotton yarns. Handwoven CMYK Jacquard cloth.
46cm x 76cm x 1cm
2015
Sonya + Osanna (SAOS-2 + U-2 OS), after William Gale Gedney, detail
Silk and cotton yarns. Handwoven CMYK Jacquard cloth.
46cm x 76cm x 1cm
2015
Sonya + Osanna (SAOS-2 + U-2 OS), after William Gale Gedney, detail
Silk and cotton yarns. Handwoven CMYK Jacquard cloth.
46cm x 76cm x 1cm
2015
Sonya + Osanna (SAOS-2 + U-2 OS), after William Gale Gedney, detail
Silk and cotton yarns. Handwoven CMYK Jacquard cloth.
46cm x 76cm x 1cm
2015
Sonya + Osanna, process sample
Cotton yarns. Handwoven CMYK Jacquard cloth with brocade.
2015
Metamaterial or Tissu/Tissage, gallery installation with blacklight back light
Cotton yarns. Handwoven Jacquard cloth.
160cm x 104cm
2015
Metamaterial or Tissu/Tissage, detail, front
Cotton yarns. Handwoven Jacquard cloth.
160cm x 104cm
2015
Metamaterial or Tissu/Tissage, detail, back
Cotton yarns. Handwoven Jacquard cloth.
160cm x 104cm
2015
Metamaterial or Tissu/Tissage, detail, front, blacklight installation
Cotton yarns. Handwoven Jacquard cloth.
160cm x 104cm
2015
An Esthetics of Disappointment
vinyl lettering on gallery wall
61cm x 91cm
2015
An Esthetics of Disappointment, installation
vinyl lettering on gallery wall
61cm x 91cm
2015
An Esthetics of Disappointment, installation detail
vinyl lettering on gallery wall
61cm x 91cm
2015
Bibliographic
Mixed media, see description below.
variable dimensions
2015
Cosms, installed as part of Bibliographic
Digitally printed micrographs on silk charmeuse
36cm x 36cm x 1cm each, series of 8
2015
Cosms, detail
Digitally printed micrographs on silk charmeuse
36cm x 36cm x 1cm each, series of 8
2015
Cosms
[Vimeo]
.gif animation to .mp4, projected
variable dimensions, repetitive duration
2015
Signage/ Enseigne, dress/performance
Digitally printed biohazard warning sign on silk charmeuse, worn/performed during the exhibition opening.
variable dimensions
2015
Signage/ Enseigne, dress detail
Digitally printed biohazard warning sign on silk charmeuse
62cm x 82cm x 4cm
2015
Signage/ Enseigne, dress detail
Digitally printed biohazard warning sign on silk charmeuse
62cm x 82cm x 4cm
2015
Signage/ Enseigne, vinyl poster
Adhesive vinyl biohazard warning sign
62cm x 82cm
2015
Signage/ Enseigne, vinyl poster
Adhesive vinyl biohazard warning sign
62cm x 82cm
2015
The Ossificatorium
Site-specific Biosafety Level II laboratory.
variable dimensions
2015
The Ossificatorium, view from front of room looking towards back
Site-specific Biosafety Level II laboratory.
variable dimensions
2015
The Ossificatorium, view from back of room looking towards entrance
Site-specific Biosafety Level II laboratory.
variable dimensions
2015
Incubatrix Neith
Sheet acrylic profile, DIY electronics with Arduino including various sensors, hardware and open source code, Sugru, CO2 tank and full apparatus (tank regulator, tubing, flow regulator), DIY bioreactor with flask and peristaltic pumps, biotextiles on scaf
38.5cm x 40cm x 41cm, contained incubator unit only, not including CO2 apparatus. 46cm x 84cm x 91cm, workbench only.
2015
Incubatrix Neith, detail: electronics
Mixed media, see description below.
38.5cm x 40cm x 41cm, contained incubator unit only, not including CO2 apparatus. 46cm x 84cm x 91cm, workbench only.
2015
Incubatrix Neith, detail: Biotextile n=x
Mixed media, see description below.
2015
Biotextile n=x, microscopic detail
human hair, 3T3 connective tissue cells (live)
2015
The Ossificatorium/ Incubatrix Neith, detail
live feed microscopic digital video
2015
Incubatrix Neith, detail: back (instruction panel)
Mixed media, see description below.
2015
The Ossificatorium, detail: lab fridge
Mixed media, see description below.
variable dimensions
2015
The Ossificatorium, detail: lab fridge
Mixed media, see description below.
variable dimensions
2015
Experiments n=1, n=2, n=3... and Instruments
Mixed media, see description below.
variable dimensions
2015
Experiments n=1, n=2, n=3...
Mixed media, see description below.
2015
Experiments n=1, n=2, n=3..., detail
Mixed media, see description below.
variable dimensions, petri dishes
2015
Biotextile Scaffold, macro detail
horse hair
.25cm x .25cm
2015
The Ossificatorium, official documents
Biosafety certifications
2015
Biohazard Permit, Biosafety Level II
official institutional laboratory permit
2015
Field Investigation, video still
still from live video surveillance feed
2015
Process Portrait, detail
Paper, ink, highlighter marker
260.5cm x 155cm
2015
Process Portrait, detail
Paper, ink, highlighter marker
260.5cm x 155cm
2015
Vita Inactiva
mixed media
2016
Statement of Non-pathogenicity
institutional document
2016
Biomateria; Biotextile Craft
Self-published artist book
2015