This 2-page description of our technique was assembled by the nice folks at the World Science Festival to accompany our event and exhibited pieces at the Museum of Art and Design, June 2010.
Scientist: Kristin Baldwin and Artist: Amy Chase Gulden
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.