llison Kudla (1980) is an American new-media artist with a strong interest in art and technology as well as the relationship between humankind and our environment. Only recently has she taken her first steps on the international scene, with an exhibition revolving around art and technology. Kudla uses digital media to gain insight into and to preserve environments that are in a constant state of flux. She also uses technology in her work to learn more about the system in which she herself exists.
Kudla’s ‘Growth Pattern’ will be on display during the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can (21.11.2010-13.03.2011). This piece shows 64 petri dishes containing chopped tobacco plants. The leaves have been cut to reflect a complex pattern, and the nutrients in the dishes make the leaves continue to grow, stretching the pattern even further. Here again, we see the manipulation of natural materials serving a purely aesthetic purpose.
In her own words:
"In this piece, a living natural system takes on the form of a manufactured pattern. Leaves are intricately cut into a bilaterally symmetrical pattern and suspended in tiling square petri dishes that contain the nutrients necessary to promote new leaf growth.
Plant cells are totipotent. This means that, depending on the ratio of auxins to cytokinins, the cells have the capacity to differentiate into any organ in the plant. Here the cultured leaves are provided with the hormones that cause the cells to produce new leaf tissue. The newly growing leaves are extending the form of the traditionally inspired botanical motif. Due to the repetition of the pattern, the occupants to the space witness morphological changes in the tiles over the duration of the exhibit."