Creative process

If you are reading this, then you are wondering how Hidden Reflections artworks are created.

The process combines the use of high technology with an exclusive scientific-artistic approach that includes several stages, and somehow mixes painting, sculpture and photography, always on a microscopic scale.

The first step to obtain one of my works is to create the sample to be photographed, consisting of a base material on which I deposit a layer of nanometric thickness. This process, in which I choose the colour palette and the shapes to produce, could be similar to painting and sculpting the surface, but on a scale totally imperceptible to the human eye. To achieve this, I modify different types of materials using technologies such as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), Sol-Gel coatings, heat treatments and other physical and chemical processes. In some cases, to obtain the desired result, the samples have to go through more than one process. As you can imagine, there are a multitude of parameters that vary the final properties of the composition, such as temperature, process time or base material.

This stage combines the artistic creative process with the scientific method. In this way, through repetitive tests, I have been able to understand the influence of each parameter on the colours and shapes obtained on the surface, which allows me to define, to a certain extent, the characteristics of the layer.

After creating the sample, the photographic stage is carried out, in which I use a high-magnification optical microscope to obtain the micrographs that make up my work. Each sample, despite having a surface area of only a few cm2, contains thousands of possible micrographs, so can I spend hours exploring them until I find an image that I like enough to be a Hidden Reflections work. Although I work with small samples in a laboratory, I feel like a photographer on top of a mountain choosing how to photograph a beautiful landscape.

Once the area to be photographed has been decided, it is time to take the image, for which I must modify and choose the parameters of the microscope camera in a similar way to that of a conventional photographer, which modifies the exposure time or the aperture of the diaphragm. The obtained image, with real colours produced by the reflection and refraction of light, goes to the Hidden Reflections collection.