NOTES ON ALCHEMY
Transformed books with 410 pages
2019: Post, Sheffield Institute of Arts
Books seem to straddle the world of the physical and the intangible; they are material objects that tether us to nebulous clouds of knowledge. The book is a vessel that readily stores information, and in reading it we are able to access and retrieve something that is not physically ‘there’.
Volumes of 410 blank pages are bound together and subjected to various alchemical processes. By this act, each book is transformed and becomes an artefact of its making; an embodiment of the very knowledge that has transformed it.
In opposition to existing alchemical texts, which obfuscate their meaning with inaccessible language and allegory, these books embody their subject matter and express it outwardly.