the memory of water

In the 1990s, Dr. Masaru Emoto hypothesized water has a consciousness capable of changing its expression when exposed to music, photographs, and language. Water exposed to “positive” factors such as classical music or words of gratitude result in water crystals arranged in aesthetically pleasing patterns, while negative elements like death metal music and offensive language generate unattractive imagery.

The Memory of Water (Chopin: The Farewell Song)  •12 x 12 x 2"D•Acrylic, acrylic glass, mirror tile, grease marker, compressed charcoal, pencil, and resin on wood panel

The Memory of Water (Chopin: The Farewell Song) •12 x 12 x 2"D•Acrylic, acrylic glass, mirror tile, grease marker, compressed charcoal, pencil, and resin on wood panel

This series was created for the exhibition Water Music at DZINE Gallery in San Francisco (on view through November 4, 2019). Since the exhibition’s title is a reference to orchestral compositions by the composer Handel, the paintings are based on images of water’s molecular response to music.

Water is the most powerful solvent on Earth, yet it is also odorless, colorless, and tasteless. I wanted the paintings to reflect this feeling of being both durable yet delicate. Each artwork is made of corresponding layers of paintings on acrylic glass. The sheets of glass with the paintings are then stacked on on a mirror tile, mounted on a wood panel, and sealed with epoxy resin. The materials create depth, and the paintings appear very light when in reality they are quite heavy. The exposed mirror reflects its surroundings; the painting is constantly changing even after it has left my studio. The viewer is reflected when looking at the painting, and I like how conceptually that allows the audience to also partake in the artistry of the artwork, they have an active role in deciding how the artwork is seen. For example, the blue in several of the photographs is the reflection of the blue sky when the artwork was photographed outside.