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    I made some chemical experiments with a chemist using pigments and chemicals. So I could also mix colors, create textures and compositions as if … Read More
    I made some chemical experiments with a chemist using pigments and chemicals. So I could also mix colors, create textures and compositions as if I were painting on a canvas. Even if the whole „painting” was smaller than an inch and visible only under a microscope. The final results were captured by camera. Painter: Andrea Kozma Chemist: Magdolna Békési - Gardánfalvi Video: Dávid Kara Music: Lohuma ASAN MUSIC asanmusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/lohuma Read Less
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REACTION PAINTINGS



I made some chemical experiments with a chemist using pigments and chemicals.

I started to research for the making of a feature film, in which they used my experiments as visual effects. This whole thing wasn't new for me. I have already made similar experiments; I created colourful liquids for macro shootings - they were used for commercials and music videos.
The project was inspired by visual effects experts such as Douglas Trumbull and Chris Parks (- and some DIY videos :) ).
I’m a painter, even if I work with other means of media I have a painter’s attitude. 
As I started experimenting I realised I’m able to mix colours, create shapes, textures and compositions as if I were painting on canvas. Even if the whole „painting” was smaller than an inch and visible only under a microscope.

I did the experiments with the helping hand of a chemist. Thanks for her I was able to control the reactions more or less. We managed to find the solution for colouring different materials and speed up or slow down certain processes.
I was inspired by looking at chemistry from a different point of view. At school I found it boring, hence we didn’t do experiments but only had to learn formulas. In my job, I use loads of different materials, so I had to use a bit of chemistry. I cannot imagine painting with oil only, I have always been experimenting with various materials.

Working at such a micro level was very interesting. No matter if the scale changes, well known shapes and forms appear. For example, if we have a look at metal displacement experiments, visually they recall the look of mosses and ferns. When scanning crystallisation with a microscope it is like looking at a landscape from high above.

I will continue this series with some black and white paintings evoking the motifs of the videos using Japanese suminagashi painting technique.

If I could find supporters for the project I’d be able to create such videos on a much higher level of proficiency. I would gladly make new videos of biology and physics experiments.





Painter: Andrea Kozma
Chemist: Magdolna Békési - Gardánfalvi
Video: Dávid Kara
Music: Lohuma ASAN MUSIC asanmusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/lohuma



THE EXPERIMENTS:

zinc + silver nitrate
zinc
+ lead nitrate

sodium silicate
+ calcium chloride
sodium silicate
+ cobalt chloride
sodium silicate
+ iron chloride

mercury +
aluminium

crystallisations:
-alunit
e
-ammonium chloride

ferrofluid

alcohol + glycerol
water-
based + solvent-based paint
milk + paint + soap
sodium bicarbonate
+ vinegar + oil
paint + glycerol

soap bubble

isopropanol
+ bromo-thymol + phenolphthalein + ethanol + sodium
sodium
+ water
sodium + glycerol + phenolphthalein
mercury + aluminium
isopropanol + bromo-thymol + phenolphthalein + ethanol + sodium
sodium silicate + calcium chloride, cobalt chloride, iron chloride
zinc + silver nitrate, zinc + lead nitrate
sodium bicarbonate + vinegar + oil
water + oil + paint
sodium + glycerol + phenolphthalein
ferrofluid
ferrofluid
ferrofluid
paint + glycerol
paint + glycerol
paint + glycerol + alcohol + oil
alcohol + glycerol
alcohol + glycerol
alcohol + glycerol
alcohol + glycerol
soap bubble
soap bubble
sodium silicate + calcium chloride, cobalt chloride, iron chloride
sodium + water
ammonium chloride crystallisation
ammonium chloride crystallisation
ammonium chloride crystallisation