The Witch in the Lab Coat is a PhD research-creation and scientific research project (in progress) that explores the intersection of feminist witchcraft and tissue engineering through the development of a body- and performance-based laboratory practice.

This is a work in progress until 2023, currently conducted at SymbioticA International Centre of Excellence in Biological Art at the University of Western Australia, through a co-enrolment between the UWA School of the Design and the School of Human Sciences. Additional laboratory facilities include at the University of Montreal.

WhiteFeather is fortunate to be supported in her research by UWA supervisors Ionat Zurr, Stuart Hodgetts, and Tarsh Bates. WhiteFeather is also currently working with external supervisor, François-Joseph Lapointe.

The Witch in the Lab Coat includes the sub-project, Mooncalf, which is a scientific and cultural exploration of the development of menstrual serum for use in tissue culture, as well as multipotent stem cell isolation from menstrual blood. This research was featured by Merck/ Sigma-Aldrich for International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021, as part of their #nextgreatimpossible series.

For more information on each aspect of the project, please view the image descriptions.

Read more about the project on We Make Money Not Art, here.