Abyss – 2003
Herzelia museum, Israel;
Chemestry in Art, Hyle -
by HYLE – International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
"Abyss", deals with matter. A Matter that yields to break loose of the restraints of gravity but remains encased within its boundaries. A Matter that may react, remember and forget. A matter that is reversible and flexible due to its inner qualities. An archetypical matter that bare resemblance to the Prima Materia (The primal matter, or the black stone in alchemy). Matter that evokes empathy and identification, that may lure and mesmerize. Simply matter.
Ferrofluid, the matter at hand, is part liquid part magnet. It is prepared by grinding magnetite in oil. The magnet's particles should be small enough to resemble liquid molecules. They should be small enough to "forget" their magnetic qualities and yet big enough to adopt magnetic behavior at the presence of a magnetic field. In the absence of a magnetic field it behaves like liquid. When placed in a magnetic field, the conflicting attractions of gravity, magnetism, and surface tension shape the ferrofluid in a way unseen elsewhere in nature.