Au Courant Studio Process | On using copper and marble in mask making, for Au Courant Vol. 03

 

 

Since making the hair pieces for the experimental art exhibit Natural or Synthetic at the Tate London Exchange some months ago, I've been fascinated by the process of working with copper. It seems to be a very reactive metal; polishing it only requires a bit of elbow grease with some lemon and bicarbonate of soda.

On the other hand, the highly reactive aspect of copper means that anything from a damp hand, a change in temperature, or an errant drop of water and dust dried on its surface can create all manner of marks and tarnished spots.

Requiring, of course, a second, third, fourth, and fifth round of polish...

And then there is the element and 'smell' of green that comes with the act of handling or cleaning copper. I've eaten through my entire stash of latex-free gloves trying to protect my hands from the green tarnish, and somehow, there's always a touch of green that makes its way under the glove.

Nonetheless, the polished copper pieces worked well before with sections of hair mounted in recycled leather, and I'm hoping for a similarly industrial, yet sleek finish when paired with marble for a series to be shot against a favourite design piece by MENU A/S for the pages of Au Courant Vol. 03.

The process continues...

 

Au Courant Studio Process | On using copper and marble in mask making, for Au Courant Vol. 03

 

Au Courant Studio Process | On using copper and marble in mask making, for Au Courant Vol. 03

 

Au Courant Studio Process | On using copper and marble in mask making, for Au Courant Vol. 03

 

Words + Images | Lisa-Marie Harris
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