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”. This play of words intrigued me, imagining the liminal not yet domesticated body of the bride as a site of distortion, heat, pressure, and transformation.
I began the series by cutting out over 1000 bridal images from magazines. These I distress and distort using mirrors, reflections, and collaged materials. Through Photoshop and through painting I further cook these images until a transmutation results. A liminal imago– dissolving and coming into focus all at once.