Iori Tomita presents art made out of transparent small dead animals
Iori Tomita is a Japanese artist and scientist who is the creator of a series of art ‘New World Transparent Specimens’. He fights for the preservation and dying specimens of small organisms. Tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. He leaves the organism to soak in a mixture of blue stain, ethyl alcohol, and glacial acetic acid before utilizing the enzyme trypsin to break down protein and muscles, stopping the reaction as soon as they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained by soaking the fish in a combination of potassium hydroxide and red dye, before the specimen is preserved in glycerin.