Starfish and Citrus Thorn #5, 2021

Tissue dye on Roman law (Carmine, indigo and picric acid on Codex Theodosianus, 1665 edition)

36 x 48,5 x 4 cm


With the piercing of a citrus thorn into a starfish larvae in 1882, zoologist √Člie Metchnikoff simultaneously pushed the legal concept of immunity into biology, introducing a violent new metaphor for imagining how living organisms co-exist in this world. In this series of paintings, the tissue dye applied by Metchnikoff to the transparent starfish is dropped on the word immunity as it first appears in Roman law.

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