Fertile Faces (Jo Cosme), 2022, Mold spores on Polaroid covered with epoxy, 4.233 x 3.483 inches
In ‘Fertile Soils’, the resident artists at Mass MoCA and Istanbul Art Residency interacted and contributed to my work with their unseen microorganisms. After taking their polaroid portraits and collecting samples from their body, I reconstructed their images with their mold spores. Each person’s unique microbiome transformed their portraits into a new reality. While making the hosts’ microorganisms visible to our eyes with distinct colors and forms, the unseen inhabitants’ interactions and their natural form created a new identity of the artists.