Daniel E. Kelm. American, 1951–
Cut and etched copper, copper rod and tubing, solder, acrylic spattered paper, stainless steel wire, and wire edge binding. Collection of Timothy C. Ely. Photographs by Jeff Derose/One Match Films.

Venus
1991-2007

Both Kelm and Ely were attracted to what they see as the transformative properties of copper: It is malleable and can be incised with images (as in etchings and engravings), patinated through oxidization by the elements, and easily conducts both heat and electricity. It is also an important trace nutrient for both plants and humans.

As an alchemical material, copper is related to the element of water and the planet Venus.


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