In “Millefiori” artist Fabian Oefner mixes watercolors with ferrofluids to create bright fluid microcosms. Each photograph represents an area about the size of a thumbnail. Ferrofluids contain iron-based nanoparticles suspended in a carrier fluid and thus respond to magnetic fields. They can form sharp points, labyrinthine mazes, or even brain-like patterns depending on the magnetic field and the substances surrounding them. For more on this art project, see this interview with the artist. (Photo credit: Fabian Oefner)
This is the artwork of Alex CF, master of the morbid and macabre recreations of human skeletons, demons and fairies. He writes short, fictional stories to accompany his pieces. He wrote of this collection:
“Three preserved human fetuses, presented in an antique display cabinet. The first is an altogether healthy fetus, the second suffers Polymelia, six arms, and the final, suffers a rare infection of the Shope papilloma virus, which causes a series of horn like growths in the forehead. These three are part of a large collection of human specimens, afflicted with various genetic diseases.”
Dr. Michael Veeman
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Specimen: Juvenile Ascidiella aspersa
Technique: Laser Scanning Confocal
Ascidiella aspersa is a species of solitary sea squirts native to the northeastern Atlantic, from the Mediterranean Sea to Norway. They possess oval bodies up to 50 to 130 mm (2.0 to 5.1 in) in length. Their branchial (or oral) siphons are conical and positioned at the top of the body. They possess six to eight lobes. The atrial siphons are located at the upper third of the side of the body and possess six lobes.