For the 9th Mercosul Biennial, four Brazilian species of freshwater and marine sponges rendered in wool, hand-dyed with plants and insects. Cooperatively produced with students from VCUarts (who traveled to participate) and artists in Porto Alegre. Installed in two recessed brick "tanks" seen only from above in the Usina do Gasometro, a former thermoelectric plant on the Guaiba lake. In this tank, "Gene for an Eye," two marine species: Xestospongia muta and Tetilla radiata. The freshwater tank, "On Resisting the Separation of the Continents," is here.

Gene for an Eye, 2013
HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Marine sponge species rendered in wool: Xestospongia muta (barrel sponges) and Tetilla radiata (small pink sponges).

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Foreground: wool Tetilla radata sponges.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

"Gene for an Eye" installation view. Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

"Gene for an Eye" installation view. Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Students visiting the biennial looking down on installation. Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

"Gene for an Eye" tank, middle ground on second floor. Photo courtesy of Cristiano Sant Anna/indicefoto.

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With Luciane Bucksdricker, putting finishing touches on the sponges.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Dry felting demonstration at the Porto Alegre studio in September.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Phase II, wet-felting the sponges. With Arthur Lang, Francesco Settineri, Marcia Braga, Luciane Bucksdricker and Ney Caminha.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Felting.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Winding the "roving." With Arthur Lang.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Forming the Tetilla radiata sponge.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Making the purple barrel sponges at the Sponge HQ in Richmond, VA.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Felting the barrel sponges.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Dyed, carded roving at the Sponge HQ, Richmond, VA.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Just back from the carder, dyed roving ready to felt.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Cochineal pink, dipped in indigo to make purple. Drying at the VCUarts dye lab in Richmond, VA.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Indigo tests.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Getting the right pink with cochineal dye.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Cochineal dyebaths. With Gavin Foster.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Making pink wool. With Colleen Billing.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Pink wool made with cochineal dye.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Making cochineal dyebaths.

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Mordanted white wool soaking.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Wool mordanted with Potassium alum, drying.

HOPE GINSBURG Gene for an Eye, 2013

Jessica Dodd, natural dye consultant and instructor, getting us started.

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