Assemblages + Mixed Media | 2

Title: [Perfecto: the Magnum Opus]
Mixed media: acrylic on canvas + found objects + hardware &
Size: 16x16.5x42in - 40.5x42x10cm

This artwork was based on the Magnum Opus, the Alchemical process of transforming the lead into gold, or, the negative into positive.

According to the Alchemy this process consists in 4 stages - See below:

Nigredo: putrefaction or decomposition - all alchemical ingredients have to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter.

Albedo: "whiteness". Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo – the washing away of impurities.

"yellowness" - the transmutation of silver into gold

Rubedo: "redness" - the fourth and final major stage--the alchemical success, and the end of the great work. Rubedo can be interpreted as achieving enlightened consciousness and the total fusion of spirit and matter.


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