Description: High voltage pyrography, resulting in Lichtenberg figures
Studio Artist at Farmington Valley Arts Center Farmington, CT www.bendworski-riggs.com I am a jack of all trades and outdoors enthusiast. I enjoy expressing my appreciation of nature and science through my artwork. My sculpture expresses the energy and forms found in nature. I am currently exploring the applications of fluorescence and LED lighting as well as the high voltage electricity to produce art. I have labeled my main series High Voltage Pyrography, and it is also known as Lichtenberg Figures. I create electrical discharge patterns similar to lightning strikes. Working with lower voltage and longer discharge times allows me to design the patterns. This fractal pattern represents the breakdown of insulating material into carbon. A water based solution is used to coat the surface of the wood and increase the conductivity to the point where a 2000 volt transformer will create an arc across the surface. I became seriously interested in art during high school and developed this talent during my time at Alfred University. I was able to take several advanced art classes including glass casting and metal work which greatly advanced my knowledge and creative ability. I graduated Alfred University with a political science degree that gives me a unique breadth of knowledge as an artist. I was awarded a residency at the Farmington Valley Arts Center, and continue to work in a studio there.
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