BIOPHILIA 2019 –
The chosen theme named „Biophilia” is based on the relation of all living systems on the planet Earth (Edward O. Wilson). I am involving a new research method of an organic, grown material named SCOBY, which is used as an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. During my research, I came across on new artistic solutions by transforming the cultivated and natural material to a new hybrid species. They carry important information related to our environment and to the current, complex processes. The series of Biophilia mostly cover and focus on new organic painting materials, thus promoting new aesthetics, with a direction towards examining the relationship between man and nature, which also includes the fields of ecological art and Bio Art in the form of various visual media such as: paintings, drawings, videos, objects, installations.
The name of the series „An introduction to Biophilia” is the beginning segment of a cycle and research of natural materials. These works take the form of a miniature experiment, notes of thought in technological research.
The series „Biophilia: Modified origin” includes various research forms, which include a series of light boxes. Symbolism of strong light and colors that illuminate the delicate noble natural material SCOBY have their ironic meaning, stating a consumer approach, that is, a simulation of our choices of making the right decision. I create an organic image with the help of a biological process from SCOBY. The work consists of different sized pieces of dehydrated and fixed cellulose, which I stack on top of each other to obtain the desired density of the material. By stacking / collating glass-based materials that are plant-based, the work takes on an abstract form. The observer should get the desire to get as close as possible to see more details, smell or touch the material. Uncertain contact with nature in man’s subconscious mind is always present. The „effect of biophilia” is to stimulate the production of serotonin, which is a healthy and happy hormone, while observing a part of nature and having contact with something that is natural. Therefore, works from the biophilia series, made by natural process will be enriched with elements of color and light, and will have the function of a light box. From an artificial source, the texture and condition of the bacterial cellulose will be even more emphasized. Playing with the connection of the observers and the works themselves, they gain interactivity, dynamics and ambiance in space. By applying artificial light and technology, I inject man’s power to manipulate nature. They can change the colors as they desire to get a better feel of the work.
During the creative process, a characteristic scenario is the creation of an ambiance of a laboratory, which carries its elements with it. I use various materials and objects such as: jars, swabs, spoons, socks, Petri dishes, sample archiving boxes, glass tubes, bottles with pigments, etc. By applying the following materials, they become part of the creative process and they also turn into a ready-made object. On the occasion of exhibition, I present the tools with which the grown material SCOBY is created. Involving the whole process of creation is a work of art to me.