This installation is the first response to my artist residency at the Reuter Laboratory at the Genetics, Evolution and Environment department at University College London. Dr Max Reuter and his team use fruit flies and yeast to conduct research into the forces that drive and constrain evolution.
This first part of the residency has been quite challenging for me. I have spent the last two years thinking about genetics as a subject for art; now I spend my time with research scientists who must develop a very deep understanding of a very specific part of genetics.
I created this artwork to reflect my experience of their experience of science. I have used microscopy images of Drosophila Melanogaster cocoons and bioplastic. The images are deconstructed, defocused and decontextualized so that detail is enhanced but context is lost. The extreme focus on fragments of those images makes them indistinguishable from each other.
Thanks to Dr Max Reuter, Florencia Camus, Filip Ruzicka.