A video installation exploring chaos theory in nature through turbulent reactions between milk, detergent and food colouring aimed to visually stimulate and immerse the viewer. The artwork illustrates fluidity and movement between reactive household ingredients and is accompanied by 3 A4 stills of the reactions that resemble organic, macro and micro visual similarities.
The piece illustrates the concept chaos theory through liquid turbulence using video installation and photography. The video consists of milk, detergent and blue, yellow and red food colouring and encompasses different speeds of the moving substances with different ratios of milk:detergent. It is not something static, but a transformation of substances captured on a cropped close up video, encapsulating an evocative sense of motion and fluidity. The installation is projected onto a wall, with no light in the room, immersing the audience and engaging them in the ‘happening’ of the artwork. Thus, drawing attention to the constant reactive nature of the milk fats, as if it were a paint with solvent, mixed on a canvas exploring the field of expanded painting.
To accompany the video installation, 3 A4 photo stills of the milk ‘happening’ are displayed resembling organic, macro and micro design. The piece comments on visual similarities within microscopic images of fractals, reefs and eyes and macroscopic images of aerial views of reefs, Earth and Jupiter’s ‘Red Spot’. Thus, illustrating the sameness in chaos within our inner and outer world. The simplicity of the household products used to create such beautiful forms and shapes in the milk accompany my concept of chaos in the natural world.
Contemporary Australian artist, Beata Geyer explores motion and space in her work “Milk City”. Brooklyn based artist, Fred Tomiselli creates dramatic artworks such as “Echo, Wow, and Flutter”, evoking movement and expressing chaos theory through patterns and shapes. Italian artist, Alberto Seveso creates incredible, high speed photographs of oil and ink being dropped into water, exploring liquid turbulence and chaos theory. Edward Lorenz, the father of chaos theory, reinforces my connection between small scale chaos and a larger, outer worldly idea of chaos.
I am an emerging artist currently completing my last year at the College of Fine arts, majoring in painting and drawing. I have been exploring video media and liquid turbulence the past year and now am emerging into a more video installation based artist.
I was given the opportunity in june to see a video installation of mine projected on a large wall during a Vivid Sydney projection night at COFA.
In the future, I would like to see my work displayed on buildings and with the help of this exhibition, my work will be open to the public to help me further my practise. I would like to continue to experiment with video installation and to work on a large scale.