self portrait. the microbiome.

microorganisms living in the body on gelatin, 2022.

I am not alone - I am a collective whole of various microorganisms. My body is the soil for bacteria, mold and fungi, which I have trasferred to another form - gelatin.

It is an imprint of the skin that I live with and the world of microorganisms that live there, allowing them to spread freely by removing the boundaries. Self-capture in one moment at the present, yet with the potential for eternity.

It is the part of me I can't see, left to grow, unfold and emerge. It is bound with me, yet that is not my body.

I live because of them, yet they can live without me.