Fabian Oefner is a Swiss artist working in the mediums of photography, film and kinetic installations. In his series of photographs titled Millefiori, Oefner mixes ferrofluid solution with watercolour, creating stunning labyrinth-like formations bursting with brilliant colour.
“This 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. 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
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