The Earth Cries Out
Nature weathers gracefully. This series was directly inspired by aerial landscapes of the earth. Salts and minerals combine to paint spectacular colorations in the earth while water carves out beautiful crevasses for its teeming pools. (For some inspiring examples, see my Pinterest board). Most of the elements on the periodic table are metals. These elements interact with other elements in breathtaking interplay, moved by wind, temperature, and water to create works of astounding natural beauty. In an attempt to emulate and honor God's art in nature, each piece in this series begins with a copper or brass (which is copper + zinc) plate. The plate is etched in a salt bath to create earthen like textures. They are then pantina'd with various chemicals, setting up environments for beauty to happen. As in the earth, heat, water and air assist in weathering the metals in a way similar to natural processes. The end result a naturalistic aerial landscape.
If you would like to learn more about the processes of creating these works, see my post on the patination of metals.