September 25, 2017

Fabian Oefner: Millefiori

Fabian Oefner Millefiori

Fabian Oefner’s magnificent Millefiori are photographs of Ferrorfluid placed in a strong magnetic field and injected with watercolors.

The Ferrorfluid liquid has a very unique property. It is magnetic, caused by the millions nano iron particles in it. When put under a magnetic field, the particles in the solution start to rearrange due to the attraction and repulsion of iron.

If now water colors are added to the ferrofluid, the pop-art looking structures start to appear, forming into black channels and tiny ponds filled with rainbow colored surfaces. The reason why the black ferrofluid and the water colors don’t mix is that ferrofluid is, just like oil, hydrophobic. It therefore doesn’t mix with the water colors.

The cells of watercolor self-organize into patterns that follow the field lines of the magnet, forming beautiful shapes that evoke the organic.

At the same time it is held in position by the magnet underneath it. So it tries to find a way around the water colors and therefore forms these black channels.

Fabian Oefner’s Portfolio: http://fabianoefner.com/?portfolio=millefiori

 

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