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Water as Art

Marbled paper has been used as book covers for hundred of years. This book dates from 1829, and is from a copy of Plutarch's Moralische Schriften (Moralia). Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

Something a little different today.

Motivated by Dr Jenny Rock, lecturing on the link between science and art, and a friend who gave me Masaru Emoto’s best selling book, The Hidden Messages in Water, today I’m going discuss how water can transcend the perceived barrier between science and art. 

Water Crystal Photography

Masaru Emoto is a Doctor of Alternative Medicine, and has sold over 2 million books, including The Hidden Messages in Water, a New York Times Bestseller.  Emoto is best known for his claims that exposing water to loving and positive words and thoughts (such as love, peace, harmony) create attractive water crystals, while those exposed to negative words or thoughts (Hitler, hate, war) would form dirty and muddled crystals.

Emoto is not a scientist, and his ideas are controversial in the Western scientific community, but one thing that cannot be argued is that he is a skilled artist who effectively uses nature as a canvas.

Below you can watch one of Emoto’s clips of ice crystals growing while being exposed to the American National Anthem.

Emoto’s ideas are very popular, and a simple Google Search will give you many examples if you are interested in finding out more.

Paper Marbling

Another type of water art that I discovered was Turkish paper marbling or ebru. This technique has links to Persia, China, Japan, and Mughal India.

Paper marbling is done by filling a shallow tray with water, and dripping ink on it. These colours float on the surface of the water, and can be carefully manipulated into different shapes (it reminded me a little of coffee art when you get a skilled barista).  The art piece is then carefully transferred to a paper or fabric canvas.

I find these methods both hugely skillful and beautiful, and would love to hear more about them from anyone who has used these techniques, or has other examples where water is used as art.

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