"The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful"
Germs as Art
In a time where few want to think about germs, much less consider their inherent beauty, molecular biologist Dr. Sara SchesserBartra is on a mission to re-introduce all types of microscopic beings to people through her art, but in a much less contagious way.
Currently running at ArtServe in its Bienes Gallery through December 30, her solo exhibit entitled “Microbes: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful” depicts an artistic interpretation of the many types of micro-organismsDr. SchesserBartra has seen and learned aboutduring her career as a scientist at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
About the artist
South Florida based visual artist Sara Celinda Schesser Bartra considers herself a citizen of the world. Sara grew up and lived as an adult in many different countries in South America and Europe. She has embraced the culture of those countries and speaks their languages.
Sara is a self-taught artist who comes from a family of numerous professions, among them many established artists from whom she drew inspiration since childhood. As an emerging artist, Sara has participated in national and international workshops and exhibits.
Dr. Schesser Bartra holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and often incorporates science and the microbial world in her creations. She believes that microbes are beautiful and that it is important to forge a deeper public understanding and awareness of science. Her work is in private collections around the world. Sara is an artist in residence at Zero Empty Spaces in Fort Lauderdale and is a member of Art Serve and Broward Art Guild where she participates regularly in juried exhibits.
About the work
Art with a purpose
I am an artist based in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been working on a variety of creative projects and have participated in many exhibitions. My artistic expression has gone through many phases over this period of time resulting in art with a highly personal approach and perspective. My work involves a variety of techniques and materials including traditional oil, acrylics, and mix media. I particularly enjoy mix media because I can use all my imagination and creativity utilizing materials that sometimes I buy but most times I find and collect from the most unlikely sources. The combination of these techniques and materials produces interesting and compelling pieces of art.
In my recent work I am combining my scientific background into my art. Humans are visual creatures: we need to see in order to understand. My goal is to combine science and art in order to forge a deeper understanding of science in the public.
Lvly Art by Sara
Explore My Work
Welcome to my portfolio. From experimental passion projects to commissioned work for clients. I’ve had the opportunity to create a variety of pieces. I thrive on creative challenges and enjoy building strong relationships along the way. Explore some of my past and present work below, and contact me directly to learn more.
The Microbial World
We live in a microbial world.
We are surrounded by microbes: they are in the air, soil, water, and in our bodies. They are the smallest and most powerful organisms on our planet and essential for life.
We know very little about them, but we can learn so much from them.
They are important for our health, our lives and all life on our planet.
When you look really close into these microscopic organisms,
a new world is revealed to you. A world that is still there for you to discover.
It is more beautiful and spectacular than you could have ever imagined.
My passion for science and art meets in this body of work. I create pieces that represent and interpret the microbial world using oil, acrylics and mix media. The result are compelling pieces that are fun but also convey a message.
The beauty of flowers is undeniable and they appeal to our senses. I love flowers and love painting them in different styles.
Fruits are the means by which flowering plants disseminate their seeds. Edible fruits in particular have long propagated using the movements of humans and animals. Fruit also are a great source of nutrients for many species. I love to experiment with different styles of paintings, sometimes with the same subject in mind like the apple in this group of paintings.
Abstract art is art that does not represent an accurate depiction of visual reality, communicating instead through lines, shapes, colors. Here I created some pieces that convey the concept of abstract art but others do not. Those are instead a combination of abstract and surrealism.