LUNGS OF THE EARTH at Red Head Gallery

LUNGS OF THE EARTH

Lungs of the Earth is a series of Petri dishes with decellularized maple leaves cultured with human lung epithelial cells. This piece was conceived and created with Ryan Hickey & Andrew Pelling at the Pelling Laboratory for Augmented Biology, University of Ottawa, where I am currently artist-in-residence.

It was shown in March 2018 as a pivotal piece in the exhibition Contained, at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto. Contained was inspired by my mother’s experience of contracting Tuberculosis in 1944 at the age of twenty. It was an exhibit that blended current scientific processes with past medical practices, becoming, ultimately, a contemplation on past histories and possible futures.