Live: Rust was inspired by the natural beauty of objects that have rusted and are still rusting. Forces outside of mans control have created beautiful textures and colors in the form of rust. Perhaps rust is so common that many people overlook its beauty everyday and therefore don’t realize the unintentional and natural art that lays before their own eyes. Once I noticed how unique and exquisite rust was I began noticing it all around me.
-New York City, New York
-Galway, New York
-San Marcos, Texas
-Woodstock, New York -Brighton,England
To further research my project, I began creating my own rust. I took objects such as tin can tops, coins, screws, and lighter tops, as well as many other randomly found objects and began experimenting. I created multiple jars with aerated holes on the top and soaked the objects in different chemicals including nail polish remover, bleach, grapefruit juice, salt water, and lemon juice, and had them sit over the course of two months. I wanted to understand what chemicals caused what colors or textures and how the manipulation and beauty of rust was ultimately created. Many of the objects formed rust in various textures, colors and forms. While playing “ mother nature” by mixing objects and chemicals to form rust, I became further intrigued with the idea of manipulating objects. After the concept of manipulation took hold, I began to saturate and crop the images in after process to intensify their natural state.