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A Bit of History

It is the 16th century, and the Spanish just arrived into the newfound territory. As the months go by and they get to know the natives and their traditions, they realize that among the gods that they venerate is a goddess called Tonantzin. They recognized her as one of the most loved deities among the Aztecs because they thought of her as a compassionate mother. Having found this valuable information, the Franciscans thought that perhaps they could convert the natives easily to Catholicism if they associated the image of Tonantzin with that of the Virgin Mary. …


Chocolate sauce, apple skin, flour, and cookies. It’s not a recipe but ingredients used to create incredible artworks. Creativity flourishes in different ways for everyone, and these artists have found their inspiration in food. Fascinating, detailed, visionary are some of the words that describe these artists and their gastronomic artworks.

Jolita Vaitkutè

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Jolita Vaitkutè is a Lithuanian artist that often portrays social or political problems through her works. She works with an assortment of materials, from soil and garbage to food. She does not work with any ingredient in particular but instead likes to broaden her choices that range from fruit peels…


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Brazilian-American artist Eduardo Kac made headlines in 1997 when he implanted a microchip in his left ankle and then registered in an animal database. This strange experiment belongs to an art movement known as Bioart, in which Eduardo Kac gained recognition as a pioneer. BioArtists work with bacteria, study cells, and even modify their bodies to prove how far technology has advanced. This art form is still relatively new and not very well-known among the general public. …


It is no news that fashion trends change rapidly. Designers need to adapt to the constant societal changes to sell their products. One of these changes that has a major impact is the concern about pollutants and finding alternatives to help the environment. Following this pattern, many designers around the world are changing the materials they use. Not only that, some have found that using bacteria is not only eco-friendly, but it can reshape the clothes we wear to accommodate our needs.
The fashion design industry and science have not long come together to create unique and functional pieces. However, these…


Gabriela Punín and Rubén Maya, Biopensamientos del Ser Alterno, 2019. Photo by Galería Libertad.

Scientific discoveries and technological advancement have made room for creativity to flourish. Scientists are not the only ones interested in discovering better methods to simulate skin; artists are also experimenting with different techniques to produce original synthetic tissues. The reasons for doing so are diverse. However, their interest in science and art is mutual.
Here are three artists that use the skin as their premise to create intriguing and bizarre artworks.

1. The Cryobook Archives by Tagny Duff

Tagny Duff is a Canadian artist currently working as a professor at Concordia University. In 2009 she began her project titled The Cryobook Archives, where she created a series…

Jessica Vivero

In love with art, history, and humanity. I'm an art historian with a great passion for writing.

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