Pasteur. Synecdoche.

Pasteur. Synecdoche.
Pasteur. Synecdoche. 1997 Laboratory glassware and found objects multiples
Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillips wonder
bottles approx 30 cm high 130 of 142 unique state bottles available $330
Laboratory glassware with postcards, photographs, soil, peat, sand, mud, encyclopaedia entries and found objects
Exhibition: Yada Yada Happy Doo-Da Art Show, First Year MFA Exhibitions 1997 Gallery 1434, University of California, Santa Barbara
Exhibition: Pasteur. Synecdoche. 2001 Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle


The Pasteur. Synecdoche. work consists of 142 glass bottles, which have been sealed in the same manner as Pasteur’s famous experiments proving the microbial origin of decay. Inside each of the bottles are found postcards or photographs, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s. The subject matter of the images is most often rural and “natural” images of the United States. Many are of the highways of America.


cactus lady
Stamp 25 mm high x 20 mm wide


Some postcards were included unaltered, with the original text and addresses. Other blank cards were annotated with word definitions or soil samples. Some bottles grew spectacular yellow mould. The text on the cards, photos and other found images are catalogued and presented next to the work on small cards.