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By Josh Saunders

A scientist is the tuning yeast into incredible living pieces of art from Van Gogh to Vermeer, Munch and more.

Some artists are known for being self-loafing, but certainly not Jasmine Temple, 25, as she’s turning the yeast used to bake bread into beautiful pieces.

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Using up to 24,000 dots, smaller than the size of head, per plate, the yeast then grows into patterns that replicate logos, landscapes and art reproductions.

Jasmine from Manhattan, New York, USA, have tackled some impressive pieces in her two-and-a-half years with her team, from The Scream to The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Self-portrait, Tomato Soup and more.


After being printed, the yeast and fungi is heated to 30 degrees celsius over two days and then two weeks at 4 degrees celsius, allowing the piece to live for up to six months. 

She is one of very few people using pigmented yeast for art and for her, the most exciting part is predicting the patterns of growth of the microbe communities.

Jasmine, an assistant research technician New York University, said: “When you print it doesn’t look like anything, but it’s alive and grows into the pattern variations of the yeast.

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“They are living and metabolising in a different formation to how they normally would and have on a community level

“What I find really cool, is that you can see close into each pigmented colony, you can see them push against one another.

“Some of the colonies grow flatter, others grow taller, when you get up and close like that it’s really, really cool.


“What blows my mind is when looking at the image is it’s very much alive and it is never dries, it always feels like wet paint.

“It’s crazy to look at something so detailed, each pin-prick is a bunch of living cells and I manipulated them into designs.”

PICS BY JASMINE TEMPLE / CATERS NEWS: Jasmine with a variety of the pieces they have made from 24,000 dots smaller than the head of a pin

Jasmine says there are a lot of misconceptions around the art and most people only associate yeast with the process of baking bread rather than art.

She said: “When people think about yeast they think of bakers not people in a biology lab and let alone art.

“It smells like bread and is living, it draws people in initially and from there you can work into more original art, but it takes much longer.”

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Over Jasmine’s two-plus years, working with her palette she has progressed from simple logos to pieces that encorporate her talents as an oil and landscape painter.

She has 18 different colours to use, which are totalled from both distinct colours and shades.

Jasmine said: “We have done very simple things like the NYU logo, which is made from two colours, but have made much more complicated pieces like a sunrise and art reproductions.

“I’m an oil painter and do landscape and figure work, I’m trying to depict the natural world now rather than logos.

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“One of my most ambitious pieces has been the sunset, where I used almost every colour in our palette.

“They all grow differently so you have to adjust for that and there’s a lot more variability with 12 strains in one piece.”