UAG Artist Talk: Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Ruben Zapata




WHAT: Collaborative Artist and Scientist Lecture on the bio-artworks of Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo
WHO: Artist Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Mr. Ruben Zapata from NMSU’s Food Safety   Laboratory
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00pm
WHERE: NMSU University Art Gallery, Dan W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave.




Graduating MFA student Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Mr. Ruben Zapata from NMSU’s Food Safety Laboratory will be giving a collaborative artist and scientist lecture on the bio-artworks of Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, who uses agar to grow human bacteria in her artwork. WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo is an artist who, through trying to find life after death, came to explore how our bodies are landscapes of life. With a focus on the environment and our relationship to it, as well as an exploration of the cycle of life, her work is a continuation of the eco-art and bio-art traditions.


This lecture will be an insight into the precedents of bio-arts, a look into the current works of bio art in the University Art Gallery, and a scientific explanation of the technologies used for these pieces. These two speakers will be discussing the artworks currently on display by WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo: a series of pieces composed of human bacteria, agar, wood light, and glass—Illuminatio F. Fahimeh, Illuminatio F. Motoko, Illuminatio M. Diego, Illuminatio S. Marina, Illuminatio S. Rudi, Illuminatio W. Shelly, a community piece entitled Communitatis Vita, and a video entitled In Tempore that illuminates one week’s growth of human bacteria.