Fabian Oefner: Using Inquiry to Fuel Creativity

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Let’s start with a few photos…

Studio Oefner art orchid colorful paint explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER
Studio Oefner art orchid colorful paint explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER
Studio Oefner art black hole colorful paint explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER

 

Studio Oefner art black hole colorful paint explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER
Studio Oefner art Liquid jewel colorful balloon explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER
Studio Oefner art Liquid jewel colorful balloon explosion
Source: STUDIO OEFNER

If you are anything like me, you saw these and thought two things. First, “WOAH! That’s beautiful!” And second, “How were they made?”

It turns out, the latter question has a fascinating answer. Here’s the artist, Fabian Oefner, explaining the (sometimes very messy) creative process behind his images!

Bridging the gaps…

His process of creativity through exploration begs the question,

How much art/creativity/innovation, are we losing because we are so often trained to keep the disciplines we are taught in school completely separate?

What if we learned from a young age that scientific inquiry could be applied to every aspect of our learning, or that creativity could be incorporated into how we thought about any subject? How much innovation would that kind of thinking spawn?

Here is a bonus video with Fabian Oefner’s TED Talk where he gives live demonstrations of his creative process!

Via: TED 2

You can see more of Oefner’s beautiful and mind-bending work at FabianOefner.com. I suggest jumping over there, his body of work is absolutely stunning and is an inspiration for any aspiring (or established) scientist, artist, or photographer!

I’m going to go try playing with paint and my camera!

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