Can growing fungus be a beautiful thing? You betcha, but only under the right circumstances. Russian artist Daria Fedorova, who goes by Dasha Plesen professionally, uses petri dishes of growing bacteria, fungus, and slime molds to make art. She often adds inert objects to impede growth (like beads in the above images), or different nutrients to boost growth. It takes weeks to reveal what the finished piece will look like.
Plesen says her art explores "the relationship between science, religion and art." The petri dishes are an example of nature taking its course while she sets up the conditions from above. They go through stages, but are ultimately ephemeral, surviving only through photographs.
You must admit that these molds and fungi look much nicer in a petri dish than they do behind your sink. Read more about Plesen's work at Colossal. See more her creations at Instagram. -via Nag on the Lake