Sights #8 | Earthware (de novo synthesis): KATJA NOVITSKOVA

7 December 2020 - 31 March 2021
  • Earthware (de novo synthesis)

  • De novo synthesis refers to the scientific method of generating novel protein shapes that do not exist in nature. The series continues the artist’s research into the uncanniness and close relationship between image and biological synthesis in the contemporary world where the creation of new representations overlaps with the creation of new lifeforms.

    “A lot of the resulting generated outcomes reminded me of the early 20th century works of artists like Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Carl Gustav Jung among others: these weird egg-like or womb-like shapes, semi-abstract organic lines and figures appear as something both deeply artificial and deeply natural... I then additionally wanted to directly infuse my new works with some of their visual DNA. Images of their works were
    used as textures for ‘paint’brushes in 3D software in the process of painting of the embryo forms.” – Katja Novitskova



  • Earthwares (de novo synthesis 001, 002, 003, 004) and others in the series mark the beginning of the artist’s new body of work that will go under an umbrella name Microbial Oasis. Novitskova started Microbial Oasis as a platform for artistic research that is not attached to her name, but rather to an abstract idea.


    Microbial Oasis