This Artist Paints With Bacteria, And It's Strangely Beautiful

You’ve never seen bacteria quite like this before. Mixed media artist Maria Peñil Cobo, who was born in Spain and currently resides in Massachusetts, told The Huffington Post on Thursday that she has often turned to nature as inspiration for her artwork. But instead of looking to vast oceans or forest landscapes, it’s the much smaller ecosystems that fascinate her the most. Peñil has spent the past five years growing colorful bacteria, with help from microbiologist Dr. Mehmet Berkmen, and then “painting” the microbes into stunning masterpieces. “It is very technically difficult,” Berkmen, a staff scientist at the Ipswich, Massachusetts-based company New

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