Eight Waters: Behold the Sea Itself

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This is a project with artist Sarah Craske that seeks to explore the nature of water. The chemical properties of pure water are universal, and unchanging, and what gives natural water courses their identity and unique characteristics is what exists within it and between the spaces of its polar molecules. The project seeks to reveal these defining and usually invisible elemental signatures. The images here are from tests for processes for the project. In a still ongoing process, here samples from a variety of natural water courses have been converted into gels by adding agar. In a carefully controlled process, water is now being removed from the gels and they are now being converted into thin and transparent films which have captured the defining chemical signatures of the waters, allowing them to become visible. These films are all derived from seawater.

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