Acrylic Paint and Sharpie on Canvas

During the last two years of undergrad, I had the opportunity to work in the microbiology laboratory at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. I really grew to like microbiology and started notice how ironically, beautiful some of the organisms are when they are cultured. I wanted to capture this beauty I saw, that is why I chose Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. They both have unique features, pseudo with its green, metallic sheen and E. coli which turns bright pink on MacConkey agar through lactose fermentation and bile salt production.