Melting Beauty

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Transition and change are the common theme running through artist, Ximena Bedoya’s, work. The beauty that comes to focus when one highlights that moment of transition is undeniable, especially when an item, normally thought to be constant, completely transitions into another state. Ximena will walk us through a few of the metamorphoses that drive her exploration into plastics.
The next few photos below show what happens when ferrofluid (a magnetic liquid) is added to soapy water. Watch the video closely to see what happens to the surface of the bubbles as Ximena moves a magnet over the bowl.

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of ferrofluid and soapy water transformed by a magnet

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

The next few demonstrations involve a heat gun. Ever wonder what happens to a sheet of plexiglass when you heat it up? Take a look.

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of a heat gun applied to plexiglass

Can you guess what the heat gun will do to a bundle of straws?

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of a heat gun applied to a bundle of straws

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
I’ve never seen work quite like it before. It feels a bit like art meets science class. Ximena’s sculptures and videos push the boundaries of permanence and force you to realize that change is the only constant.

Ximena’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, Clarkston Cami Tank, Sibley Denim Cropped Pant, & Acrylic Watch Hat