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
Watercolors on paper
Acrylics on paper (Blue Period)
Acrylics on paper and wood panel (Rose Gold Period)