Within my recent body of work, I focus on the spiritual aspects of stones and crystals. I dived deeper into a rock known as a “Hagstone,” containing a naturally formed circle through the solid surface. While it symbolizes many different ideas, its widespread use is to protect its owner from negative energies. But I chose not to focus on the stones’ protective qualities; I was more interested in visually replicating an organic form while enhancing the rock’s trapped geometric shape.
I used the process of electroforming to create the uneven, rock-like surface on the brooch’s forward-facing facade. This process grows copper onto any metal surface when placed within a charged copper sulfate and sulfuric acid bath for 1-3 days. In this case, I used carved wax and conductive copper paint to create an uneven surface. I then riveted brass tubing irregularly across the surface to imitate the holes’ uncertainty when found in nature. This aspect of the brooches is essential to relate these copper forms to their natural inspiration.
My art traps natural and geometric shapes within each other to create an interesting connection between the contrasting forms.
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