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Commentary

Canada

Transvisceral borders

Paula Gustafson

HARUKO OKANO, Cocoon, 1997, live branch in florist vial, cast body shell in Kombucha fungus, 45.5 x 18 x 30.5 cm. Photograph AI Reid.

'Transvisceral Borders' presented anatomically based sculptural installations formed from 'skin' which Japanese-Canadian artist Haruko Okano cultured in her bathtub in Vancouver, Canada.

The 'skin' is the membranous byproduct of an ancient herbal remedy variously named Kombucha Elixer, Manchurian Tea, or Mo-Gu. Cultivated over a period of one week, the symbiosis of yeast cells and bacteria produces a think mucilaginous rind on theā€¦

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