Exploring the aesthetics of microscopic forms, processes, and interactions, Micronavt is a visual project consisting of two Bulgarian artists Venelina Katanska and Andrey Katanski. A pure synthesis of art and science, their visual work consolidates an ongoing body of research experiments using organic material and an array of processing methods. Based on an early fascination with microscopy, the two of them acquired their first microscope setup over ten years ago and have since developed their discipline together as Micronavt. A calculated balance between aesthetics, design, biology, chemistry and the experimental unknown, their work celebrates the wonders of life through the observational lens of the detailed eye.
At once organic and with a touch of realism, yet at the same time seemingly generative and abstract, the rich visual material forms an elegant representation of the macro-micro cosmic universe. During the research stages the workspace becomes a laboratory, where they source ingredients and begin exploring their properties via mixing, dissolving, heating, melting, using a variety of tools, optics and gadgets. One is to then observe the processes taking place and capture the moments of interest as they unfold. With a vast selection of parameters, the testing framework sets the foundation for creativity to be expressed in a pure form, with little intervention or manipulation. A kaleidoscopic process that exposes the invisible and unveils the unique diversity of nature and its universe.
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