Nature Studies

The Themes of Artistic Research

Making images with different yeasts

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

I have been working with baker’s and brewer´s yeast which are Saccharomyces cerevisiae species. I have been using commercial yeast strains. They are from huge global company Lesaffre and their products for fermenting called Fermentis.

My Relationship with Nature

My artistic research has been a study of my own relationship with nature and confirmed with biocentric world view, which does not place people above nature.

Nature is everywhere

Yeasts are everywhere around us, mainly they live where sugars are present. In fruits, berries, flowers, insects also soil and tree bark, also they are in the air.

BACKGROUND

I am a visual artist working with living materials mainly yeasts. I learned the yeastogram-technique from Austrian artist group Pavillon_35 back in 2013. Since then I have worked with yeast images with different priorities and goals. The core has been the same, the research is done in intensive periods when I am making images with living material and studying them by photographing for different lengths of time.

This experimental research explores the world by artistic means with methods from the biosciences. Continuously the yeasts have surprised me with its behavior. I have worked with mainly commercial yeasts which means different strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Last autumn I got to try two laboratory yeast strains which I got from Biocenter Oulu. And I made the yeastograms out of them in Aalto University´s laboratory, in Biofilia. The blue strain was GMO yeast and it did not work well in yeastograms. Other yeast the W303, without human influence on their genome, worked well.