- Nola Avienne
- Self portrait as crystals, 2010
- The artist's blood, magnesium sulfate and petri dish
- 1 x 4 x 4.75 inches
- Photo: Derrick Jefferies
I have grown crystals from my own blood combined with salts or sugar, with unexpectedly beautiful results and tremendous failures. Many experiments met a timely end with a bottle of bleach. Working with fundamental materials integral to life – iron, salt and blood – has provided a profound opportunity to experiment, intuitively applying scientific methodologies.