Natalie Nadeau
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Inheritance

Bacteria, Agar, Petri Dish, Found Doily

Digital Print / 2012

Inheritance is a series comprised of multiple petri dishes, hosting bacteria covered doilies. The second hand doilies are submerged into an agar solution, which is the 'culture medium' that encourages bacteria growth. The growth period would last for the duration of a month. The crocheted doily embodies a strong and perhaps forgotten sense of domestic, social heritage. Germs embed into the thread motif constructing a visual representation linking past human contact with the specimen. Documenting the small moment in time where the bacteria engulfs the symmetrical thread structure of the doily demonstrates the decay of inherited tactile traditions.