Inspired by making drawings during the day and the love of cooking to feed her family, artist Lauren Zoll developed ink created from something she loved to cook, black beans. The artist uses this ink to create  paintings and drawings. After creating her ink, the Zoll takes the already soaked heirloom beans home to create a snack or a meal. Currently She is using the black bean ink as an experimental dye that can mimic photosynthesis. Zoll has been awarded the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award through the Indianapolis Arts Council and through this has started her investigations into making  paintings that can harvest light. See her "current works"  for updates on the project.