Liquid Sculpture Defies Time And Space

Liquid Sculpture Defies Time And Space

Shinchi Maruyama's photographs catch the moment where water meets ink, reminders of the milliseconds where these fluid forms exist.

Kyana Gordon
  • 21 december 2010

Japanese photographer, Shinchi Maruyama tosses handfuls of water into the air, melding high speed photography with sculpture and performance in the process. In the Water Sculpture series, liquid motion is presented as a perfect frozen moment in time. In an interview with the Morning News, Maruyama describes his attraction to working with liquid:

I think I am more aware of the moment recently after many years of experimenting with liquids. But no matter how many times I repeat the same process of throwing it in the air, I never achieve the same result. And I am so fascinated by this unexpected interaction of liquids colliding, which happens fairly infrequently, that I am overwhelmed by its beauty.


For the past five years, Maruyama has focused primarily on the Kusho series, an abstract collection of large-scale photographs, capturing the interaction between black sumi ink and water the millisecond before they merge into gray.  Thanks to a recent advancement in strobe light technology, the split-second timing in the resulting  images record physical events faster than the naked eye can perceive them. The artist is able to snap the phenomena at 7,500th of a second, defying time and space at the exact moment of intersection.

Water Sculpture from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.

Shinchi Maruyama

[via Kottke and The Morning News]


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