Alchemic Art

My father was an industrial chemist who used to conjure and cook chemical compounds to create household products that we would sell to pharmacies and supermarkets.  Perhaps it was a result of watching him work in his very basic laboratory that peaked my interest in alchemy.  

 

My process involves mixing a viscous solution of solvent, pigment and medium which I then pour onto a preprepared surface.  Once poured, the only tool I have to control the flow of the mixture is to gently manipulate the canvas and thereafter to use gravity to do its work.

The alchemic part of the process comes about as each pigment falls out of solution at different rates depending on the specific gravity of the pigment particles.  

It is an endlessly fascinating and exciting process that never delivers the same result twice - which is a problem when clients commission me to produce a work just like one that was produced previously.  

© 2015 Jenny Reddin

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