The art of chemistry: Javiers trade

Hi Art Friends:

Javier here.  I just would like to introduce you to my real trade.  My medium.  It is not ceramics, it is not paint, it is not sculpture.  Yes, it is really chemistry.  Chemistry and metals.  Usually on copper.  Most times just producing and fixing a patina.  Some other times the piece calls for mica micro-crystals, enamels or natural element pigments.  Even powdered metals and lava are a fair game.  It is truly a collaboration with Nature.  My studio looks like a laboratory more than a fine craft studio.  Jars and metal pieces, binders, reactive solutions, stabilizers and fixing agents.  And at home, saws, clamps, support and framing materials. The process for me is both nature spontaneity and technical. Just take a pic of ArtLofts Studio 209.


Studio work day!

Creative time at my studio. Letting art juices flow and experimenting with new chemistry and materials. I was surprised to elicit new strong colors and textures. Also some balancing neutral colors.  The secret is developing a safe “recipe” and control the reaction. However I always feel I am collaborating with mother nature and get mesmerized by the process.


Hola From Javer T Dones

Hola from Javier T Dones:

Hola / Hello:

Mixed Media
Powdered Metals and Enamels

My name is Javier.  I work with copper, metals and chemistry processes.  I just came back from visiting my daughter who lives in New Zealand.  I was looking for inspiration in nature and by all means I got all I could master to assimilate.

Now to work.  I will be sharing with you samples of my most recent work as well as work in progress, techniques, events, etc.  Even when my work is not figurative, it carries emotional and structural components that I would like to share as they relate to the pieces. You can even have a pareidolia moment and discover images that my collaboration with nature may want to share just with you!

Come and join this journey with me.

Javier T. Dones

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