Johan Rijpma Creates Ephemeral Paintings in Animated Short

By: Meghan Young - Nov 12, 2014
References: johanrijpma.blogspot & thisiscolossal
While some people might hold the belief that art is something to be appreciated over time, time is relative when it comes to the water art of Johan Rijpma. Yet the water art is more than the initial spill that is first captured on camera. While the animated short captures the outline of the spill being repainted with more water, it becomes apparent that there is a larger purpose towards the end.

A perpetual series of evaporation, the water art takes people into a mesmerizing rabbit hole filled with shapes and forms that could be likened to Rorschach ink blots. The artist writes, "This process repeats and with these interventions the 'life' of the stain is artificially refreshed and extended to an unnatural length. Which allows new shapes to evolve that otherwise could never have existed."