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 elegant 20”x20”2” shadow boxes. The series presents the symbols for seven basic alchemical elements (Gold, Silver, Iron, Mercury, Tin, Copper and Lead) printed in metallic gold and silver ink on the surface dreamlike vistas of double and triple exposed images shot in the otherworld landscapes of Cappadocia, 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 2: SILVER
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 3: IRON
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 4: MERCURY
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 5: TIN
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 6: COPPER
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 7: LEAD
ALCHEMICAL DIGEST 8: GOLD VARIATION
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 Though the original context of these elemental symbols is obsolete, they still symbolize the forces that govern the earth, and the materials that shape it, for as long as we want them to.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.