Surface Tension, Mixed Media (2018)
Keshav Deeljur, Sarah Hodgson, Lucy Oulanova, Devansh Shah
This is an interactive artwork produced through the collaboration of artists and engineers. It resides in the STEM Complex at the University of Ottawa.
Surface tension describes the force of attraction between individual water molecules creating a bond resistant to external pressure. This phenomenon is a beautiful display of strength, cooperation, and unity. The team was inspired by this phenomenon and drew inspiration from it visually and metaphorically.
The team began their research by taking water samples from the Ottawa River. They then documented their findings through microscopic photographs. The photographic research translated into the line drawings that are scrolled across the paneled wall. The drawings are microorganisms, as well as other biotic factors. The panels are interconnected and smoothly programmed to create an undulating motion reminiscent of water. This metaphor of water is aided by the raised acrylic which simulates the play of light over the surface of water.
This project was made possible with the generous support of the Engineering Faculty and Visual Arts Department of the University of Ottawa
Special thanks to: Hanan Anis, Chris Falconi, Atticus Gordon, David McDougall, Sarmad Nomani, Nikhil Peri, Sasha Phipps, Chantal Rodier, Laura Weller, Ali Sanaknaki, and Mohamed Abdrabou