Fruit Fly

by Micronaut

Congress Center Basel Science Serie
Fruit Fly
"An image commensurate with Basel as a research location: fruit flies have played a key role in research for a long time. They are small and easy to breed, which is presumably why they made their way into the genetics laboratory in the first place. Scientists at the "Biozentrum" in Basel have also been conducting research into the development biology and genetics of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) for many decades. In 1996, they were awarded a Nobel Prize for their work. Because the fruit fly is so common, yet also so small, this results in a paradoxical situation where observers think they are familiar with this animal, even though they can scarcely sketch or describe details of the fly from memory. This particular starting situation ultimately makes my portrait of a fruit fly proboscis into an abstract-realistic work of art. The proboscis, which is painstakingly portrayed in a photorealistic manner right down to the very last detail, appears just as far removed from the real world as the backdrop of a science fiction film." – Martin Oeggerli | www.micronaut.ch