Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ferrofluid globules suspended by magnets on glass.. Ferrofluid is magnetic oil, small particles of iron floating in a surfactant. It was developed by nasa to prevent fuel from escaping shuttles in space. The fluid spikes in contact with a magnet to show its field. The iron sinks to the magnet and the fluid evaporates as it is exposed to air in time. After the fluid dries the remains continue in spike form. The magnetic suspension, attraction, tension, and order seem constantly on the verge of chaos and unpredictability. This natural order inspired me to create a series of sculptures called Verge, where I explored tension, growth ratios, order, movement.