In Vitro

by Sepide Ladani

In a typical estrous cycle, one egg matures and is released. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process in which ovarian production is stimulated with the goal of producing more than one egg per ovulation cycle; the eggs are then fertilized in a laboratory environment. Employing the heterogeneous mixture of oil and vinegar, In Vitro visually references IVF to call attention to the fact that food is born from a constant cycle of impregnation. Factory farming maximizes production by commodifying and exploiting an animal's body for profit. Through artificial reproductive procedures, the animal's body is constantly invaded and becomes a border that is continually crossed, resulting in an incredible strain on natural resources, human health, and the environment. Cast in glass, In Vitro, which literally translates to "in glass" brings the visual reference of an over fertilized egg to the table to critically celebrate food traceability introduced by the farm to table movement, where the origin of the food is identified to the consumer.

Materials: Cast Glass, Silicone Rubber

Dimensions: 5.5” x 5.5” x 7.5”

Sepide Ladani

Sepide Ladani is an architect and designer currently based in Chicago who seeks a platform to rethink and redefine through her experimental approach in design. Questioning the definitions and typical patterns, she continuously experiments with the relationships and arrangement of elements in the physical, conceptual and perceptual world. Rediscovering the intersections in material and non-material, and transforming one to the other through a metaphoric language has been a longstanding interest and inspiration in her design thinking. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Art University of Tehran, diplomas in Fashion Design, and Interior Design, and a Master of Design in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.