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And by the way, sorry for post this make up assignment so late. The question about bioart was a little confused me... but hope I have already understand it better.
This BioPortrait differs from a traditional self-portrait. It invites you to think about yourself from a biological perspective and to convey this in your portrait.
We have introduced Photoshop as one creative tool available for your use. If you choose to use an image editing software, consider the metaphors of the tool such as layers and filters. Imagine how you can use these as metaphors in the construction of your BioPortrait. Areca will be introducing some of her favorite Photoshop tools on Wednesday 9/23.
It is your reflection upon yourself as a biological being that distinguishes this self portrait from other portraits. Although we are introducing digital images as a starting point you are free to use any artistic medium that you wish.
Email if you have any questions about your BioPortrait or want feedback on your idea.
We will present our BioPortraits in class on September 30th.
Remember to meet [face to face] with your BioPortrait partner to talk about your concepts and to share work in process.
A few examples of the ways that artist incorporate the idea of the biological in portraits.
Kip Fulbeck - Hapa Project
Amy Youngs - Micropropogation
Lynn Fellman - DNA portraits
I think that the creation of a new species of plant for art is truly remarkable. The incredible amount of time and effort that went into achieving the artist's vision blows me away. The result of this effort is a striking pink flower with red veins. The science behind this is amazing as well. Twenty years ago, this would have been impossible. The artist's message of how all forms of life are interconnected is presented in a new, fresh, and very real way. Another aspect of this piece that I appreciate is the inclusion of seed packets. These packets, though not strictly bio art, make the Edunia seem more accessible to people and less like a sterile experiment.
Artistically, the Edunia is a beautiful representation of the bond shared by humans and plants. The link between plants and humans seems to be a small one, and I would have never thought that there was any possible way to bring the two entities together. However, the Edunia has shown me that the link is stronger than I thought. Also, the Edunia shows the expression of human appreciation of nature through interacting with it from more than the surface.
Biologically, its impressive how far science has come in being able to open more pathways to bring together many/more of our world's components.
From a scientific perspective the Enigma project is unlike any other. The amount of work with the human genome and the work with the flower genome must have been so extensive it may just have bankrupted the "artist". I don't think anyone else on earth has attempted anything like it. At least for an artistic purpose that is. This man must have such a deep and profound respect and love for the artistic community. This is not a project that would be very valuable or profitable for the artist/scientist. But from a scientific perspective this project is a very complex one. The use of splicing his genes with one of a flower is both astounding and unbelievable. Even though this project deals a lot with art and the beauty of this flower, without the scientific and biological part this project is nothing. And that's why I chose to see this project from the scientific perspective.