Matthew’s process is influenced by darkroom photography, glassblowing, and electrophysiology.
The In-tek Arts studio uses the qualities of electric fields to create naturally pleasing forms and truly unique patinas.
As a patina develops, there is a conversation in the flow of water and timing of multiple electrolyte treatments and of the movement and intensity of electric fields. The patina develops much like a photograph, allowing real-time observation of electric fields touching the metal.
In-tek Arts is equipped with electrochemical instruments, electronics fabrication, light machining, and macro-photolithography.
Chemical reactions are patterned by the electric field according to thresholds for reduction or oxidation.
A potentiostat is an instrument that measures and controls the electric potential at the interface of an electron conductor (metal) in contact with an ion conductor (saltwater). Matthew designed and built the In-tek Arts potentiostat.