Biomaterials research// 2019- ongoing

 

The biomaterials research started as a personal challenge to find alternatives to existing sculpture materials. The material I use for producing artwork has less impact on the earth than the conventional extracted materials of contemporary sculpture. I want to create sculptures that are compostable and biodegradable, thus made from organic natural materials. In order to achieve that I started experimenting with bioplastics.

 

Bioplastic or biopolymer is a natural polymer derived from plants or other biological materials such as corn, sugarcane, or cassava. Some of the bioplastics can be entirely biodegradable and require less energy to produce than the synthetic polymers from petroleum.

 

With the help of open-source material research, I started to test and craft my own recipes for bioplastics. I made the prototyping on my house kitchen during the Covid-19 first quarantine as an exercise on material and facilities scarcity but also as a political answer to the collapsing of the ecosystems as we know them.

 

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