Exhibition view: “Remember Earth?,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 2022. Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
Divine Cinnabar, 2022 mixed media approx 11' x 90'
From chaos we find our way to order. From darkness we find our way to beauty.
Through a visual transmutation this piece addresses a possibility for change in the physical world, as well as within our spiritual selves. A process akin to esoteric rites in which the transformation of matter stands in solidarity with the enlightenment of self.
The “Great Work” of Alchemy is often described as a series of four stages represented by colors. Using this sequential color palette, I invite the viewer along the journey.
nigredo, blackness (first step, decomposition)
albedo, whiteness (following the chaos, purification)
citrinitas, yellowness (dawning of solar light)
rubedo, redness (final culmination)
I believe the metaphors of these ancient alchemical processes are poignant and speak loudly to our modern world and dilemmas.
Our decisions, actions, and choices will not only affect the future of our environment, but our deeper selves as part of that whole.
* This installation is part of a large group exhibition called "Remember Earth" curated by Erin Antonak at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. On view July 30- September 25 2022