Light is nothing more than electromagnetic waves. Everything that we observe in nature as colour is the apparently perceivable part for the human eye. White sunlight consists of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic waves, which vary in length. These can be separated by dispersion (prism) or interference.
Exactly this occurs in case of an oil or petrol film on a water surface as may be occasionally seen in public due to contamination. Hydrocarbons such as oil or petrol display a lower density than water therefore they form a thin film on the surface of water. The interference of several reflected rays within the oil-bearing formation leads to a dissociation of spectrum colours. With the movement of oil and water, the form and thickness of the layer constantly changes, creating an iridescent play of colour.
COLOUR WITHOUT COLOUR applies a method that preserves this special spectrum of colours from its naturally liquid aggregate state onto a hard coded material. By using substances such as oil or petrol, a normally pollutive situation may be transformed.
Modified card neither features the smell of petrol nor other signs of contamination. A permanent optical illusion is created within the new material.
The design plays with the aesthetic experience that may be found in detailed examination of dirt or pollution. The concept presents a paradox of visual beauty and the destruction of nature, which may be described as inherently beautiful.

© 2009 Selina Reiterer