This workshop is suitable for everyone of all ages and abilities. There are 12 places and it is free to book in advance
Design Your Own Microbiome Workshop with Bio-Artist Mellissa Fisher.
“The Design Your Own Microbiome workshop encourages participants to learn about the invisible world on their own skin. The workshop will allow you to engage with the invisible world through sculptural and painting techniques, alongside collage. As a part of the workshop, Mellissa will teach how to cast face’s (or hands) with ModRoc using basic casting methods and marbling inks to create ‘bacterial skin’ similar to existing microbiome. Health and safety will be taught alongside particular techniques needed to use the materials involved. You will work in pairs to each create a microbial portrait imitating the aesthetics of bacteria through sculpture.
This workshop communicates the artist, Mellissa Fisher’s, work on the project Microbial Me in which Mellissa and her collaborator, Professor Mark Clements, create bacterial sculptures with agar and living bacteria from the surface of her skin (in addition, scientist Michael Moseley’s body was Mellissa’s and Mark’s subject for a BBC4 documentary aired on the 17th May 2017).
Mellissa will share insights about her work in the creative industry, video footage and time-lapse video art and answer questions about her work and how she goes about it
Mellissa Fisher’s practice combines art with microbiology; her interests lie in the interrelationships between illustration, sculpture and living organisms. Mellissa’s research is heavily based on the connections with nature and the self, posing questions to an audience regarding their relationship with their bodies as well as their link to nature.
Mellissa’s practice has developed through creating bacterial sculptures of her own body, into an exploration of mycology by growing mushrooms on sculptures of the human form, to represent the idea that our bodies are an ecosystem, using the body as a landscape for growing and hosting different organisms.
Melissa has also curated the exhibition Habitat running all week at McGillan and Woodell.
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