“Sympoietic” by Sabrina Merayo Nuñez intricately weaves the worlds of humans, non-humans, and technology, establishing a profound web of kinship. Drawing inspiration from both modern and medieval techniques, Sabrina has formulated a distinctive recipe for 100% biodegradable collagen-based bioplastic, reminiscent of ancient paint and adhesive preparations. Using this pioneering material, she fashions interactive lighting sculptures that engage with viewers through embedded motion sensors. These sculptures seamlessly incorporate carved artifacts, furniture fragments, veneers, and gleaming crystals.
A standout within “Sympoietic” is the Microbiomes series. These lighting sculptures, crafted by Sabrina, encapsulate miniature ecosystems. Within the bioplastic forms lie tiny glass spheres filled with agar and roots, providing a nurturing space for microorganisms. As these micro-inhabitants thrive and evolve, they subtly alter the sculpture’s appearance, reflecting the organic behaviors of life within. Sabrina’s designs echo transformational encasements found in nature, like nests, chrysalises, and cocoons.
Through presenting “Sympoietic”, Sabrina Merayo Nuñez endeavors to traverse the juncture of design, art, and science. She invites viewers to reconsider the dynamic relationships they foster with the myriad objects in their lives.
Materials: Sabrina’s custom-crafted bioplastic, Agar-rooted glass capsules, motion sensors, crystals, shellac flakes, roots, vintage enlarger magnifying glass, wooden tripod, LED light strips.
This lamp can be costumed to work in any country.
10FT DC 12V Power Extension Cord and adapter are included.