A simple definition of alchemy is “the transmutation of base metal into gold.” This is the definition most people would recognize. Another definition of alchemy, and the one that I prefer is, “the Royal Art of living consciously.”
My fascination with alchemy parallels my fascination with the mysteries of the natural world. The world of alchemy, like life, is filled with secret languages, symbols, and magical substances, that only begin to make sense when we give them focused attention.
I am equally fascinated by the transformative effect on consciousness that happens through the creation, use, and study of symbols. Symbols become keys that unlock the mysteries of a soul’s inner architecture, as well as the secrets of alchemical processes and transformations.
This series of eight broadsides is my interpretation of ancient alchemical maxims written hundreds of years ago by Hermes Trismegistus, Paracelsus, and other alchemists, that still hold true today. A combination of vintage techniques was used in their creation: letterpress printing, indigo vat dying, iron oxide, and gold pigment....