Nicole Anona Banowetz


Did you know that rotifers leave parts of their DNA on earth for future generations when they die? Rotifers can also adopt DNA from other species. As a matter of fact, 10% of their own DNA is borrowed and they can adopt DNA from over 500 species.

Rotifers by Nicole Anona Banowetz is a microscopic view of the Rotifer’s circle of life. In a way, the artwork represents the circle of life in nature in general as well. Jury member Lydia Fraaije states that the artwork makes us aware of the fact that what we do is not linear and random, but part of a larger system. She also states that DNA used as an information carrier is a beautiful analogy, especially in our contemporary society where access to information is more ubiquitous than ever.

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Illuminade Water Colors

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