How to do art with 9000 Petri Dishes? Julia Lohmann’s BioArt

25/06/2016 - 2 minutes

Julia Lohmann grew up in the German countryside, studied design in England and worked on a farm in Iceland. Now as a designer and researcher, she brings all these experiences to her work – with maggots, bacteria, algae and 9000 petri dishes.

Julia Lohmann started with sculpture by collecting driftwood during her childhood in Hildesheim, in the heart of Germany. She would later move to London to study Graphic Design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

It was perhaps her interest in nature that led to her graduation work. Maggotypes (2001) had an informal exhibition at London’s Tate Modern that consisted of letting maggots draw – as well as trace routes on maps and make decisions.

After working on an Icelandic farm, Lohmann became aware of the contrast between her way of life in Iceland and her time in London, driven by consumer culture. With this in mind, her work started focusing on the transformation of livestock into materials and objects.

One of her favorite raw materials seems to be algae. 

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