This Artist’s Use Of Plastic And Pigment In Petri Dishes Will Leave You In Awe

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San Francisco-based artist Klari Reis has created a huge volume of one-of-a-kind pieces, each incredibly beautiful. They’re a unique medium in so many ways, but we’ll start with the fact that they’re created in petri dishes. Reis uses a rubbery, resin-like epoxy polymer, along with different kinds of pigments that react in ways reminiscent of how various bacteria act in nature. She’s constantly blurring the line between the natural and unnatural.

The result is so grounded, yet out of this world; the dishes simultaneously emulate entire galaxies, earthy landscape elements, and microscopic features. Did I mention how stunning the colors are?

Just have a look for yourself…

When she started the project in 2009, she was just getting a handle on how the materials mingled with each other.

She didn’t name her pieces, and they were much simpler than they are now.

But that doesn’t mean they weren’t already incredibly beautiful.

As she became more familiar with how the material moves — how it’s affected by things like temperature and humidity, and tools like a blow torch and hairdryer…

You can see how Reis’ mastering of the materials has added so much dimension. This one is called Deep Cosmos.

For two years now, she’s been posting a dish every day, and each has a name.

Celia Mae: she names the pieces based on instinct…on this day she was channeling her inner child with Pixar.

She also experimented with the quantity of dyes and additives to the paint.

Hugs And Kisses, October 8, 2015

Breath Of Fresh Air, September 29, 2015

When Push Comes To Shove, September 5, 2015

Friend Of A Friend Of Pacman, August 21, 2015

Compass Point, August 15, 2015

Starchaser, August 8, 2015

Green Flash Sunset, August 3, 2015

Surf’s Up, July 21, 2015

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Penicillium, July 14, 2015

Mantis Stare, July 12, 2015

Tectonic Plates, July 11, 2015

Sunbathing Tomatoes, July 8, 2015

Dollop Of Blue, July 3, 2015

Ranunculus, June 30, 2015

Joyous, June 24, 2015

Sunburst, June 21, 2015

It’s like there are entire universes inside each and every one of these circles. For many, many more of these gorgeous creations, be sure to check out Reis’ Facebook, her website which includes more projects, and A Daily Dish, dedicated solely to these petri pieces.

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