[ISEA2013] Artist Statement: Donna Franklin – Fibre Reactive (2004)

Artist Statement

This work uses microbiology as an artistic tool. The piece Fibre Reactive is a unique biological garment. By its very existence, this dress aims to raise debate around the contentious manipulation of living entities as commodity exploring culture / nature interfaces through a body – cloth dynamic.                                                                                                                                    Scientific collaborator: Gary Cass

  • Donna Franklin completed her Master of Art at Edith Cowan University, Australia, during this time was awarded an artist residency at SymbioticA: The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory at The University of Western Australia. Donna is currently a sessional lecturer in Cultural History and Theory at the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University. Donna has exhibited the work Fibre Reactive (living fungi dress) in BEAP04 Bio Difference: The Political Ecology, at The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. : Hatched 05 PICA, Spectrum Project Space, “Second Skin” ENTRY06, at Zeche Zollverein, Vitra Design Museum, Essen, Germany. Her work was also also featured recently in BEAPworks 06 at Curtin University. Other exhibtions include ARS Electronica 07; Skin to Skin, Fremantle Arts Centre 08; TechnoThreads, Dublin 08; Ultimo Science Festival, Sydney 08. (Source: bioalloy.org/artist-bios/10-information/7-donna-franklin 22.06.2015)