With a poetic reflection on the illuminated, I try to compose chemical processes with different elements of light. Sometimes, self made flashes, minor fixed light constructions in the darkroom, natural lightning, fire and the moonlight. My chemical processes are a disciplined and focused recreation of one of many treatises written by the alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan (721 – 815), known as Geber, “The father of chemistry”. My methods are inspired by his vast list of processes, investigating and exposing the principles of the subject; composing light and illuminating. Another of my artistic techniques is based upon creating visual interferences.
My inspiration comes from the history of processes and the becomingness from one media to another, without really being either one, but focusing on keeping the media in a liminal state. One thing that intrigued me the most, and has been my main research the past years, is the story of an alchemist that changed the meaning of light. I was able to recreate some of his chemical processes, and to create a language that could be seen to exist between the photograph and the painting.
” Art is an echo of the illuminated. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.