I see it shine and it looks mighty fine
During my study in The Hague, I came across Hermetic Philosophy. It is based on seven principles: The Principle of Mentalism, The Principle of Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, of Cause and Effect and the Principle of Gender. I used these principles as starting points for my work.
The interaction between reflection and the reflected. The process of transformation and the act of refinement, be that of the material, content or of oneself. The inner world is reflected onto the surface and I will meet the subconscious in its physical form in front of me. A dialogue happens, a process of individuation. Reasoning the unknown from the known; by using the tools we know, we can approach an understanding of that which is distant to us.
The Role of Alchemy in Contemporary Art
I first began my study of Hermeticism when I visited the Ritman Library in Amsterdam and saw their collection of manuscripts, that had been translated in the 17th century. At the time, The Dutch Republic had been a hub for alchemical medicines and occult knowledge. I was immediately drawn to the intricate illustrations displayed in the ancient books. In my thesis I attempt to apply the concepts from Alchemy and Theosophy in a contemporary context and how they relate to the artistic practice.