“I discovered Dasha Plesen’s artwork as I am a microbiology and Petri dish fan. We got in touch and thought it would be an awesome idea to collect samples around the beautiful park around our factory in France and send them to her and let the magic happen... Happy to share here the beautiful results!„
says Emmanuel Jalenques, Interscience’s / Interlab’s CEO
Dasha presents macrophotographs of Petri dishes. She lets the many micro-organisms present on sample grow to create her works of art.
Each Petri dish is tended to in conditions that catalyse growth, resulting in an array of forms and colours at different stages of the growth cycle.
Samples collected in the park around Interscience factory, and R&D center in Puycapel, France
Dasha Plesen is an artist with a love of microbiological mapping. Her love for microbial art began when she was studying her foundation art and design course.
The idea began as a microbiological map, showing all the organisms we come into contact with throughout the day including every surface within our homes and when being around others. She collects microorganisms from all around her, including the air, and everyday objects, sometimes even from her own body. They are generally placed on a Petri dish filled with a nutrient solution.
Dasha’s work focuses on "the process of plating". These are then swabbed onto her nutrient canvas, usually in the form of a Petri dish. These swabs are rubbed onto the medium and then each one is allowed to grow freely from anywhere between two to six weeks. Controlled environments are key to optimal growth. It is important to keep temperatures the same as where the organisms would naturally grow.
As the organisms are allowed to develop, the results vary depending on how the different micro-organisms interact with each other and react with the environment.
They give life through art to what is invisible to the human eye.
Interscience is thrilled to release today a new collection of goodies that will promote our love for microbiology, our love of art and of our roots in Cantal, France. Get in touch with your sales contact to receive your collection!
Get in touch with your sales contact to receive your collection!