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“Soil” Talk by Bioartist Nicole Clouston on Friday, 11/18

November 17, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

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GEM Artist-In-Residence – Nicole Clouston – SOIL

Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Center for the Arts 144
Cost: Free and open to the public

The project takes soil as its medium, engaging the vast array of microbial life present within it and the ways in which we are connected to it. This project will involve filling a series of clear acrylic prisms with mud and nutrients: cellulose, sulphur and calcium carbonate. When exposed to light the microbial life already present — including bacteria, molds and yeasts — will flourish in varied sequence and different layers, creating vibrantly colored bands throughout the sculpture.

Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her PhD in Visual Art at York University in Toronto.