April 8th, 2015
Artist Iori Tomita takes working with the natural world to a new level. The Japanese ex-fisherman transforms science into art with his collection of see-through animals, preserved in jars and dyed with colourful chemicals to give a 3-dimensional look into each specimen.
The extensive production of each specimen takes five months to a year and goes as follows: Tomita first removes the scales and skin of the fish preserved in fermaldehyde. He then soaks it in a mixture of blue stain, ethyl alcohol and glacial acetic acid before using the enzyme trypsin to break down the protein and muscles, stopping the reaction as soon as they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained by soaking the fish in a combination of potassium hydroxide and red dye before it’s preserved in glycerin.
Iori Tomita: ‘People may look at my specimens as an academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. There is no limitation to how you interpret their meaning. I hope you will find my work as a ‘lens’ to project a new image, a new world that you’ve never seen before.’
More information at www.shinsekai-th.com
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