Alchemical Bride

The Alchemical Bride explores the Philosopher’s Stone archetype. Alchemists called the furnaces or ovens in which base matter was transmuted into gold the “House of the Chick” and “the womb”. This play of words intrigued me, imagining the liminal undomesticated body of the bride as a site of distortion, heat, pressure, and transformation. In this sense, the bride embodies Carl Jung’s interpretation of alchemy as a metaphor for the individuation of the Self.

I began the series by cutting out over 1000 bridal images from magazines. These I distress and distort using mirrors, reflections, and collaged materials. I set these alchemical experiments up in the studio and paint. Each is a liminal imago– dissolving and coming into focus all at once.

Formally, I think of these as Cubism 3.0– engaging aspects of Analytical and Synthetic Cubism through a feminist lens. Injecting the patriarchal formalism of that seminal movement with mythic content. Reimagining the female form and her historic erasure as the actual source of value and meaning.

Oils on canvas and wood panel

Alchemical Bride 3 (Aglaonice) 2019
30” x 40” oils on canvas
Alchemical Bride 28 (Valada) 2019
oils on canvas. 42” x 68”
Princess Bride, 2019
oils on canvas 36” x 24”
Alchemical Bride 12 (Baranamtarra) 2019
oils on canvas 36” x 24”
Alchemical Bride 23 (Queen Puabi) 2019
Oils on canvas 42” x 40”
Alchemical Bride 24 (Sojourner Truth) 2019
oils on canvas 48” x 41”
Alchemical Bride 14 (Miriam HaYehuda) 2019
oil on canvas 48” x 24”
Alchemical Bride 11 (Theoclea) 2019
oil on canvas 20” x 16”
Alchemical Bride 8 (Agrippina) 2019
oil on canvas 12” x 12”
Alchemical Bride 9 (Thalestris) 2019
oils on canvas 12” x 12”
Alchemical Bride 10 (Shibtu) 2019
oils on canvas 12” x 12”
Alchemical Bride 4 (Marie Curie) 2019
20” x 22” oils on canvas
Alchemical Bride 13 (Marie Meudrac) 2019
oils and metal leaf on canvas 20” x 16″
Alchemical Bride 1 (Cleopatra the Alchemist) 2019
8” x 10″ oils on board
Alchemical Bride 2 (Judith) 2019
8″ x 10″ oils on board
Alchemical Bride 6 (Trota of Salerno) 2019
10” x 8” oils on board

Watercolors on paper

Alchemical Bride 7 (Merit-Ptah) 2019
30” x 22” watercolor on paper
Alchemical Bride 15 (Tapputi) 2019
watercolor on paper 30” x 22”
White-Glove Service (Tapputi-Belatekallim) 2019
watercolor paper 30” x 22”
Alchemical Bride 16 (Enheduanna) 2019
watercolor on paper 30” x 22”
Alchemical Bride 32 (Hannah Sanesh) 2019
watercolor on paper 30” x 22”
Alchemical Bride 5 (Christina of Sweden) 2019
8″ x 8″ watercolor and inks on paper

Acrylics on paper (Blue Period)

Alchemical Bride 20 (Dolores Ibárruri) 2019
acrylic on paper 30” x22”
Alchemical Bride 21 (Federica Montseny) 2019 acrylic on paper 30” x22”
Alchemical Bride 22 (Hannah Senesh) 2019
acrylic on paper 30” x22”
Alchemical Bride 31 (Sobekneferu) 2019
acrylic on paper 30” x 22”

Acrylics on paper and wood panel (Rose Gold Period)

Alchemical Bride 29 (Valada) 2019
acrylic on paper 22” x 30″
Alchemical Bride 30 (Abigail Adams) 2019
acrylic on paper 22” x 30″
Bride 25 (Agnodice) 2019
acrylic on wood panel 10” x 8”
Bride 26 (Ana Betancourt) 2019
acrylic on wood panel 10” x 8”

Acrylics on translucent vellum

Bride 27 (Abella of Salerno) 2019
acrylic on wood panel 10” x 8”

Acrylics on Vellum

Alchemical Bride 18 (Awashonks) 2019
acrylic on vellum 38” x 26”
Alchemical Bride 19 (Clara Zetkin) 2019
acrylic on vellum 38” x 26”
Alchemical Bride 17 (Artemisia II) 2019
acrylic on vellum 26” x 38”

Gouache drawings

Alchemical Bride Drawing 1
Gouache on paper 12″ x 9″
Alchemical Bride Drawing 2
Gouache on paper, 12″ x 9″
Alchemical Bride Drawing 3
Gouache on paper, 12″ x 9″

Engravings

Alchemical Bride Engraving 1
intaglio, 6.5″ x 9″
Alchemical Bride Engraving 2
intaglio, 14″ x 9.5″
Alchemical Bride Engraving 3
intaglio, 11.5″ x 11.5″
Alchemical Bride Engraving 4
intaglio, 14″ x 9.5″