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Chrysopoeia / tavola no. 1

2021 | 90 cm x 70 cm x 0,5 cm | gauze, copper

The tableaus of the Chrysopoeia series focus on the structure of the fabric.
Whilst undergoing radical changes in its characteristics through a sophisticated chemical process ‘transmuting’ fiber into metal, – from soft and malleable to hard and rigid, from warm to cold, from matte to shiny, – its original weave stays intact!
This allows me to reflect upon what remains permanent in life while undergoing in ever-changing cycle of transformations.
Chrysopoeia, title of series, was borrowed from a term of alchemy which means transmutation into gold or the completion of the great work (Magnus Opus), symbolically indicating the successful transformation of all impurities into gold.