2016, Mixed media (marker, pencil, and colored pencil on paper), 9x12"
This piece is inspired by a story relayed in the Netflix docuseries Cooked where Sister Noella Marcellino, a nun who makes cheese in Connecticut, was admonished by the health department for using an ancient French cheesemaking recipe that required a wooden barrel, claiming that the wood was unsanitary and posed a threat to consumers' health. While earning her doctorate in Microbiology, Siter Noella performed several experiments on her cheese made in the traditional wooden barrel versus the metal barrel permitted by the health department. According to her studies, the bacteria found in the wooden barrel actually killed off the E.coli virus that remained present in the cheese made in the metal barrel. Upon showing her findings, she was allowed to continue using her wooden barrel. Consequently, this piece has an alternate name: Bye Bye, E. Coli.