reverse alchemy |

I have been very interested in the creative possibilities made possible by combining new digital technologies with vintage non-silver processes.

Reverse Alchemy is a project in Photogravure, often integrating sculptural elements that I have created to be photographed. Alchemy was historically concerned with the transformation of base matter into something precious. The alchemy concept refers to my interest in this ongoing transformation of the photographic medium, as well as the transformation of matter that is itself the essence of art making and practice. The sculptures created out of natural materials to be photographed, and the prints that result, are in essence a transformation of simple materials into objects of meaning or significance. The reverse aspect in the title alludes, albeit ironically, to what the work is ultimately about: the ways in which contemporary society/culture can sometimes transform the precious into the base -- with devastating consequences -- and the concurrent human struggle to resist that degradation.