Marta de Menezes (b.1975, Lisbon, Portuguese) ::: Article
Artist, researcher. In 1997 received her BA degree in Fine Arts, and in 1999 - the "Licenciatura" degree in Fine Arts / Painting from the Lisbon University. In 2001 graduated from the University of Oxford (MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture), where she studied strategies of visual representation in science and contemporary art. In the recent years has been exploring the interaction between art and biology, demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. Her most well known art project "Nature?" was created in the biology laboratory at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. In "Nature?" the artist created live butterflies with wing patterns she designed. This work was exhibited in "Ars Electronica 2000" (Linz, Austria), with a significant impact on the press of USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Germany, etc. Participated in several group exhibitions, including the following ones: "SciArt" (The Exhibition Centre, York, 2002), "The art in science / the science in art" (Wolfson College, Oxford, 2002), "Biology as Artmedia" (Lugar Comum, Lisbon, 2002), "BioFeel" (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 2002), "L'Art Biotech" (Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, 2003), etc. Articles on bioart published in magazines and catalogues, incl. "Leonardo" (MIT Press), "Actions re Form", "BioFeel" (PICA), "Futura", "Ars Electronica" (Vienna - New York, Springer, 2000). Lectures delivered and artworks presented at various educational venues and international conferences, incl. the New Media Institute (Banff), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston), the University of Oxford (Oxford), Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (Lisbon) and others. Currently is an "artist in residence" at the MRC - Clinical Sciences Centre, at the Imperial College in London.