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Published: 16 June 2022

Public showcase of new body of artwork by University’s Artist in Residence Anna Dumitriu

A 3D printed amulet which contains a vaccine that is helping the world combat plague will be one of the works on display at a public showcase by world-renowned artist Anna Dumitriu. 

Ms Dumitriu is the first Artist in Residence at the University of Surrey and has been collaborating with scientists to highlight how human and animal health, along with the wider environment are intertwined.  

Mark Chambers, Professor of Microbiology and Disease Intervention, Head of Department of Microbial Sciences, said: 

“I was delighted when I received the funding to bring Anna to Surrey as our first Artist in Residence and have been eagerly awaiting the day when her artwork is revealed. Anna has been working hands-on with a diverse group of scientists to capture a flavour of our research in a new visual, aesthetic and thought-provoking way.” 

Other pieces include sculptures painted with ‘living latex’ containing cyanobacteria which has the potential to capture carbon and could play a part in mitigating climate change, an embroidery made with fluorescent proteins used in quantum biology, and a carving impregnated with ancient DNA. 

Anna Dumitriu said: “It has been a privilege to work hands-on in the laboratories at the University and use the tools and techniques of science to develop this new series of artworks that focus on complex research topics and aim to bring those ideas to new audiences.” 

The showcase, Entangled Health, will take place on Tuesday 21 June between 12-2pm. Find out more information and register to attend this event.

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