After many years of blogging, one of my favorite things to encounter in the vastness of the Internets is a fusion of art and science. So I was delighted when I recently discovered the work of Minnesota-based artist Josie Lewis, whose Petrified Rainbow series looks like specimens collected from the world of Alex Garland’s new film adaptation of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.
(Please permit me a moment to mention that if you’ve not read The Southern Reach Trilogy, of which Annihilation is the first book, you’re missing out on one of the finest, strangest, and most fascinating weird literature/science fiction/horror series of the 21st century.)
Josie Lewis combines resin and chemicals in petri dishes to create “supernova petri,” round paintings that look like kaleidoscopic growths. Each dish is an experiment, a gamble. Lewis told io9 that, “She basically throws some ink and resin onto a dish, seals it up, flips it over, and then waits to see the result.”
“I can’t actually see what’s happening while making them. I only get to see the results 12 hours later when the cure is complete and I pull the discs out of the molds,” Lewis said. “I call them petri supernova because I was using round molds and they looked a lot like science petri dish with weird fungi growing in them. Also, [it’s] what I imagine the Big Bang looked like.”
The underside! Watch the fireworks. Also, a great example of getting bubbles out of @art_resin with the torch…. you can see more details about this process at @josielewisart, it’s like the 6th post back ⠀ ⠀ #luminouscolor #colortheology #josielewis ⠀#asmrvideo #asmr #petrifiedrainbow #artresin #colorcolourlovers #mixedmedia #artoftheday #acrylicpainting #artwork #colormixingcourse⠀ ⠀
Lewis also sells her supernova petri dishes via her website.