Impermanence by Seung-Hwan Oh is Colofully Distorted by Microbes

By: Meghan Young - Sep 30, 2014
References: seunghwan-oh & designtaxi
At first glance, the artworks by Seung-Hwan Oh could easily be mistaken for watercolor paintings. Full of abstract lines and blurry colors, it is only natural that someone would make that assumption. In reality, however, Seung-Hwan Oh collaborated with microbes to create each visually striking image. Originally photographs, the developed films were placed in water rife with microbes for months and even years to obtain these beautiful effects.

Titled Impermanence, Seung-Hwan Oh images focus mainly on artfully destroyed portraits. Seung-Hwan Oh says that they embody "an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed." The effects are mesmerizing, to say the very least.