A close-up image of ā€˜Woodstockā€™ by Josie Lewis
Photo: Josie Lewis

Annihilation has been dazzling audiences with its exploration of the Shimmer, a world inside our own where life... has found a way. One artist looks to have been channeling that otherworldly shimmer for awhile now, using petri dishes.

The series ā€œPetrified Rainbowā€ from artist Josie Lewis uses resin and chemicals to create strange and colorful growths inside petri dishes. Lewis told io9 that every single piece is a gamble: She basically throws some ink and resin onto a dish, seals it up, flips it over, and then waits to see the result.

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ā€œI canā€™t actually see whatā€™s happening while making them. I only get to see the results 12 hours later when the cure is complete and I pull the discs out of the molds,ā€ Lewis said. ā€œI call them petri supernova because I was using round molds and they looked a lot like science petri dish with weird fungi growing in them. Also, [itā€™s] what I imagine the Big Bang looked like.ā€

When asked what her images evoke, Lewis said they remind her of ā€œthe surface of alien planets and mermaid skin,ā€ and that they seem to combine biology and futurism.

Lewis said sheā€™s been told by some that her art reminds them of Annihilation, and that it makes sense. Jokingly, she added that ā€œthe folks at Annihilation are watching me.ā€ Probably not, but Iā€™ll be watching to see what petri dish concoctions she makes next. You can check out some of her resin art below, as well as on her Instagram.

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ā€˜AIKOā€™
Photo: Josie Lewis
ā€˜Artemisā€™
Photo: Josie Lewis
ā€˜Avalonā€™
Photo: Josie Lewis

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ā€˜Arnotā€™
Photo: Josie Lewis