A strange specimen sprawls down the facade of a building. The inflatable installation reflects and magnifies the anatomical details of the rotifers, microscopic creatures that are able to dry out and be swept up by the wind to escape their predators. As they travel, rotifers absorb the DNA of nearby species and recombine it with their own, ensuring their survival. This exceptional creature with its surreal shape has a great deal to teach us about the transformative virtues of adaptability and resilience in the face of adversity.

Nicole Banowetz makes sewn inflatable sculptures and assembled forms at the intersection of installation and performance—living scenes of organic proliferation reminiscent of the animal, vegetable, mineral, and bacterial worlds. Her work has been exhibited at the Biennial of the Americas (United States), the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art (Poland), and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia).

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