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Paint Me Red   Series: The unconscious and live art

Paint Me Red - photo

2010

Alchemy - Rubedo

The Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, April 2010

Process governs my work and the methods within alchemy and psychoanalysis inspire and are woven into the ‘actuations’ within the performances. Paint Me Red is one of a four part series which examines the process of alchemy as a spiritual discipline. The body substitutes the metal as it is put through the phases of blackening, whitening, yellowing and reddening. Reciprocal spontaneous actions in the performer and the audience are drawn on, explored and challenged.

Definitions of the Alchemy Process

  • nigredo (-putrefactio), blackening (-putrefaction): corruption, dissolution, individuation
  • albedo, whitening: purification, burnout of impurity; the moon, female
  • citrinitas, yellowing: spiritualisation, enlightenment; the sun, male
  • rubedo, reddening: unification of man with god, unification of the limited with the unlimited

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