ALUMINUM

Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. Sometimes discoveries are made when plans fail.
Originally this was to be the first in a series of prints made from rusting metal.  Rust, or iron oxides, is an electro-chemical reaction between iron and oxygen. Given time, oxygen, and water, any iron mass eventually converts entirely to rust and disintegrates. However, the corrosion of aluminum is extremely slow because the resulting aluminum oxide forms a conformal coating, which protects the remaining aluminum. This process is known as passivation.  The metal sheets that were used for this project were aluminum, so unfortunately, they will never rust. However, the water formed differently on the bare metal as it did on the “coated” metal.  Although I got unexpected results, a whole new image process was discovered.

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