Molly Webster, the tireless producer of our Bio-Art program at the Museum of Arts and Design, has learned an awful lot about what goes into creating prints from cultured, hand-painted genetically-engineered blue E. coli bacteria. It's been great to read how someone with a bit more artistic-remove describes our work -- check our her two posts from our festival week here.
New York artist Amy Chase Gulden has enlisted a scientific collaborator (Dr. Kristin Baldwin) and a microorganism (E. coli bacteria) to produce live, growing paints. Gulden traces outlines of natural forms – vines, trees, seaweed or neurons - with a paintbrush filled with invisible E. coli. After a night in culture, intriguing images appear on her canvas of agar. The outlines of her intention are apparent, yet the paint adds its own signature as it escapes her brushstrokes. This effect is closer to nature than traditional painting and produces images of unusual beauty, vigor and spontaneity.