Iori Tomita

Iori Tomita is a Japanese ex-fisherman who studied ichthyology. While in University, Tomita was first introduced to the creation of transparent specimens for the scientific purpose of examining minuscule bone structure. Now an artist, he transforms marine life with a scientific technique of preserving and dying organism specimens with his series that he calls, New World Transparent Specimens.


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.

 

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