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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1-8

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST: 1-8 is a limited edition set of unique art objects, comprised of a hand-printed silkscreen photo prints and acrylic panels, housed in an elegant 20”x20” shadow boxes. The series sets the symbols for seven basic alchemical elements - Gold, Silver, Iron, Mercury, Tin, Copper and Lead - against dreamlike photographic vistas, double and triple exposed images of distant lands, blending the four basic elements found in the physical world - Earth, Air, Wind and Fire.

 

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST: 1-8

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST is a limited edition set of unique art objects, comprised of a hand-printed silkscreen photo prints and acrylic panels, housed in elegant 20”x20”2” shadow boxes. The series presents the symbols for seven basic alchemical elements printed in metallic inks on dreamlike photos shot in Kapadokya, Turkey.. These are set inside of shadowboxes with clear acrylic panels that have the four earth elements (Earth, Air, Wind and Fire) printed in metallic gold or silver ink on the acrylic panel. The inner frames of the shadow boxes have unique decoupage treatment with strips of the same photos as the artwork.

Each of the art objects in the series is a one-of-a-kind piece, signed and dated, and will never be reproduced. View the catalog here.

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1: GOLD

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1: GOLD   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1: GOLD 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

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DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1: GOLD

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 1: GOLD

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - water

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - water

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - gold

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - gold

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 2: SILVER

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DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: SILVER

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: SILVER

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - air

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - air

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - silver

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - silver

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - air

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - air

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - iron

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - iron

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - fire

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - fire

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - mercury

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - mercury

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - fire

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - fire

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - tin

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - tin

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - earth

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - earth

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - copper

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - copper

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER

 

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - earth

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - earth

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - lead

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - lead

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ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION   •      20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION 20” x 20” x 2” • SILKSCREEN ON PHOTO AND ACRYLIC, IN SHADOWBOX • 2019

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME,   ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION

DETAIL OF INK ON ACRYLIC AND PHOTO ASSEMBLAGE INTERLAID ON INNER FRAME, ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION

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ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - water

ACRYLIC PANEL LAYER - water

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - gold

PHOTO PRINT LAYER - gold

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ABOUT THE SERIES:
Symbols form the very basis of humankind’s ability to communicate, and although they are often the most basic of markings, they hold great power over us as individuals and groups large and small. Their meanings can change in different cultures and contexts, but the most powerful symbols tend to be the oldest, and perhaps that power comes from the ability of a symbol to give us an instant connection to our ancestors. The symbols of religion and language bind great numbers of humans together in a common understanding of shared experiences, while the symbols of mathematics and science envelop all humans to the immutable laws of time and space.

Somewhere between those two sets lie the symbols of alchemy, humanity’s first attempt to quantify the material of the world and the processes that shape it. The Alchemical Digest pieces are printed reliquaries for contemporary consumption, presented as objects to be celebrated and designed specifically as an example of commodity fetishism. Though the original context of these elemental symbols is obsolete, they still symbolize the forces that govern the earth, and the materials that shape it, for as long as we want them to.

Alchemical Digest” is a proposed 8 volume journal of 21st century alchemy-based art and research, scheduled to be published by Fluency Creative in 2020, using variations of these prints as the cover images.