Meatquarium v.1


Glossy, alluring surfaces encase growths, germs, fungi, decay, malformations and other natural castoffs that typically evoke disgust. This research project looks at how humans attempt to control environmental entropy, whether it be through sanitation, genetic engineering, or new material formulations, and what this means for the future of our environment. Plastics, while credited with many of the medical and technological advancements of the last century, are polluting our ecosystems at alarming rates. Each and every introduction of a new material may cause the eradication of a pre-existing organism, with far-reaching effects in the natural world’s vast network of interdependency. - Baylor Knobloch

Photographs by Matt Cronin, Sandy Carson & Brooke Johnson. Shown at the Visual Arts Center in Oozy Rat In A Sanitary Zoo

Installation view

Bug Tub & Biofilter

Charcoal, glycerin, gelatin, grommets, silica beads, mycelium, agricultural hydrogel, ivy, vinyl, aqua resin, hand blown glass, epoxy clay, poly acrylic, cardboard, sheetrock, thread, fiberglass, resin, pigment, foam
73” x 37”  17”

^^^^^^ agricultural hydrogel, various plants
<<<<<<< Charcoal biopalstic, blown glass, mycelium 

vvvvvv blown glass, mycelium 

Shower head

Silica beads, contact lenses, foam, epoxy clay, aqua resin, resin
12” x 16” x 5”

Plastic Eater

Silicone, paper pulp, pea flowers, saffron
36” x 12”

Fish Farm

Cast pipefish, dehydrated fish, gelatin capsules, shrimp, resin pellets, stinkhorn mushroom, turmeric, cardboard, aqua resin, epoxy clay, LEDs, silicone, resin
18” x 18” 18”

The pipefish are swimming at the farm and the capsules of shrimp bait them above. Chlorinated pool lights shine through the plastic pellet growths under the gateways. The fish become dehydrated when they swim into the HOT turmeric surface seeping through below. Their bodies are reeled up the side conveyor belts to the shrimp capsules and then their remains grow as stinkhorn mushrooms go into their final production stage of sterilization by drowning in a thick layer of epoxy resin. Then they are packaged in algae based bioplastic and sold as “vegan toona”

Ms. Turmeric & Her IV (horseshoe crab blood)

Turmeric, freeze dried mealworms, silicone, urethane rubber, epoxy clay, paper, resin, aqua resin, steel, wire, foam, glue, sheetrock
55” x 20” x 80”

A horseshoe crab blood filled IV injects itself into Ms. Turmeric, the weird microscope, who is filling with a chalky horseshoe crab blood
and her ear is itchy because it is full of mealworms. A silicone horseshoe crab cast falls out of one of her orifices in the process.

freeze dried mealworms, foam, turmeric, sheetrock, paper, glue, aqua resin, urethane, steel, wire, epoxy clay
Mealworms & polyurethane in Ms Turmeric

Sterile Husk, 2018-19
Horseshoe crab molt, resin
2” x 5” x 10”

Borax crystals, avocado pit, lace

Touch Pools

Mycelium, peach resin, aqua resin, glass cast slipper shells, resin, silicone, pigment, glass, polypropylene
30” x 15” x 6”

Left: Silkworm cocoons

Right: Resin cast fish spine

Blown glass, silicone, ivy, water

Left: Milk weed & vinyl pillow
Right: shrimp cast in resin

Embroidered bacterial cellulose

Nutritional yeast & resin

Cast urethane ear plugs

Sewn fish bladders
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