Uitreo viventem by Catherine Stringer as part of the VITROFORM exhibition

Uitreo viventem is an alien deep sea creature which evolved from a mutant test tube. This handmade paper artwork was inspired by the extraordinary other-worldly appearance of many marine invertebrates. It was created from multiple different marine microalgae (seaweeds) which were processed individually to preserve their varying colours and textures, and then combined in a single sheet of paper to form the main body. This was then gently shaped and finished with a stiffening medium and UV protective varnish. The tentacles were made separately and attached to the test tube with silk threads which had been incorporated into the papers.

Marine macroalae, silk tread


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