Australian jeweler creates designer patterns from electrical discharges

Australian jeweler Sean O'Connell describes himself as an artist of "the interaction of electricity and matter." He has been studying the electrical conductivity of various materials from an aesthetic point of view for several years now. And with the help of designer's equipment, he records the bizarre run of electrons, creating unique ornaments for his jewelry.

O'Connell developed photographic equipment that captures the trace of the passage of an electric discharge through an arbitrary object. Not some imprint of the movement of ions, but how natural energy flows through matter, makes its way in its structure, trying to get to the earth by the shortest path. This is the whole point - depending on the electrical conductivity of the material, a very bizarre pattern can turn out.

Moreover, the artist deduced patterns and found that the presence of defects, chips or cracks in the structure of the conductor seriously affects the pattern from the discharge. Energy from an external source begins to interact with a specific substance, radically changing the nature of its behavior and movement towards the goal. All this opens up wide horizons for creativity, but O'Connell says that he does not prepare samples, but takes ready-made objects - he likes to make mini-discoveries every time.

The Australian innovator simply called his methods of work "Spark". He is convinced that with the proper skill, he can get an electric fingerprint from almost anything. For example, he mounted small mirrors on acoustic speakers to reflect laser beams onto photographic film. Then he played back the recording of the last words of his grandmother, and an electrical signal through sound vibrations "painted" their pattern on the film.