My Highlights from ArtRio 2014
Pablo Leon De La Barra
The central work in the «Natural History of the Enigma» series is a plantimal, a new life form I created and that I call «Edunia», a genetically engineered flower that is a hybrid of myself and Petunia.
The new flower is a Petunia strain that I invented and produced through molecular biology. It is not found in nature. The Edunia has red veins on light pink petals and a gene of mine is expressed on every cell of its red veins, i.e., my gene produces a protein in the veins only. The gene was isolated and sequenced from my blood. The petal pink background, against which the red veins are seen, is evocative of my own pinkish white skin tone. The result of this molecular manipulation is a bloom that creates the living image of human blood rushing through the veins of a flower.
Series: Natural History of the Enigma, transgenic flower with artist’s own DNA expressed in the red veins, 2003/2008
Image rights: Eduardo Kac
Winner of the 2009 Golden Nica Award
Brazilian, b. 1962, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil