Simone Welsh

Nicholas, 2019

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Lot 32
Oil on panel with facial bacteria grown on Trypticase soy agar, sealed in resin
36.0 x 24.0 in (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
Signed on verso


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Welsh produces bacterial colonies consensually harvested from the faces of friends, which are then grown on yellow tinted Trypticase soy agar and displayed next to or on their coordinating colors, or in combination with contrasting colors. By doing so, an exploration into what we as humans are able to produce on a cellular level is launched. These pieces are primarily decorative objects that she uses to challenge the viewer to get physically closer to in order to understand its materiality.

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