ARTISTS / SHANE EASTWOOD
an "electro-form" is by duration-of-time a longer version of "electroplating"; a commonly executed process exemplified by plating copper or brass form such as jewellery often with a more precious metal . The difference is, the "electro form" is not simply a cosmetic plating but becoming a more significant formation cum object by itself. and, by not necessarily being attached to a substrate to maintain the integrity of its form when finished.
In my instance a low tech setup consisting of a: copper sulphate solution in a plastic tank, a rectifier with variable ampeage and voltage is rigged up to a copper anode --that is the "object" to be 'plated' or 'formed' and to a copper cathode hanging in the aforementioned solution.
Thus the copper, rigged, connected and the rectifier switched on, combined create a electrical circuit that precipitates the copper cathode creating ions drawn to the copper anode substrate --"object"
In this instance, with "untitled" , The "object" referred to above was a substrate discarded after completing the forming process; a hard wax block with a conductive paint medium. The gold-ish paint applied with a brush may be visible on the rear of the work on display. In the artworld, an example of this technique was utilised by Marcel Duchamp with a late work, 'fig leaf'. He preferred it to the weight of bronze casting. An example can be seen in Hal Foster's recent publication on modern art trends, erroneously describing it as "galavnised" plaster.
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