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Matthieu Roché, Swirls II

Matthieu Roché Swirls II, 2017

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  • Medium

    Photography : fine art print, Water

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    23.6 x 35.4 inch

  • Support

    Photography on Dibond

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 18 copies
    2 remaining copies

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Not Signed

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    A surfactant is an agent capable of modifying the rigidity of a liquid interface. When you inject locally a mixture of olive oil and surfactant at the surface of water, the magic operates in a spectacular manner. The difference in surface tension induced by the incoming concoction leads to surface flows, to which the Italian physicist Carlo Marangoni gave his name. These displacements of fluid give birth to harmonious volutes that waltz with each other.
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Matthieu Roché

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Although Matthieu seemed to be destined for quantum mechanics, he decided to substitute the aesthetics of visual experiences for the abstraction of invisible objects.

It was during a course on hydrodynamic instabilities that he decided to follow the path of fluid mechanics. It is when his colleague Arnaud Saint-Jalmes paid him a visit at Princeton University, USA, that he discovered the surface flow experiment that keeps him busy today. Ready to leave the laboratory after several unsuccessful attempts, the two researchers decided to empty the sample into the sink. Surprisingly enough, they observed volutes, precious witnesses of the phenomenon they were initially looking for. At the frontier between fluid mechanics and physico-chemistry at interfaces, Matthieu joined the CNRS in Paris in 2014, developed the experiment and pushed it to its limits.

Matthieu enjoys using everyday objects to illustrate the complexity of the phenomena he is studying. He attaches great importance to the aesthetics of soft matter: "Not only is it beautiful, but many of the phenomena that surround us in everyday life are still misunderstood to this day," he says.
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Matthieu Roché, Swirls II
Matthieu Roché, Swirls II