on TBIGTBIG (the bigger it gets the bigger it gets)

process image of various “formed” objects in the series I’m calling the bigger it gets the bigger it gets. On the table are cast bronze, copper plated brass, sheet copper, river stones and found hammered metal. The name of the series references the electroplating process in which conductive material submerged in an acid bath attracts copper to its surface. The greater the concentration of copper on the surface, the more copper it will attract. This process leads to sometimes exponential development of nodes and extensions that were never present in the original object. I’m using the plating process in some cases below as a way to connect separate pieces of metal. As the copper builds on the surface, it begins to thicken, overlap and fuse sheets and rods that were once loosely attached and pierced into a single unified form.
I describe this process here because I think it could be analogous to affective and social dimensions of life and I’m interested in the way the material might be a way to describe or talk about forces at play across lived experience.

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Excerpt from  Metal Techniques for Craftsman  by Oppi Untracht

Excerpt from Metal Techniques for Craftsman by Oppi Untracht