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Quinta Essentia No 6 / Nigredo I

Quinta Essentia No 6 / Nigredo I

2019 | 90 cm x 73 cm | burned and recycled burlap from India, natural resin, real gold leaf
(12 karat, allow with silver)

According to the alchemy studies by Carl Gustav Jung there a four stages:
The ‘Nigredo’ is essential to achieving the goal, the ‘opus’, and it is the initial death and the subsequent ‘putrefactio’.
Metaphorically the alchemical operation that happens is combustion. This stage is characterized by the archetype of the shadow, that is all those aspects that the individual does not know of himself. The shadow represents everything that has been removed for education and the influences of the environment subjected to the individual and subsequently all the possibilities in life that we don’t have the courage to follow.
Transforming the shadow into one’s treasure is the final goal. Then you have achieved the ‘opus alchemicus’.