Artist as Alchemist

by Jane Zich
Fairfax, CA United States
Painting: Acrylic
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Vision Statement

Alchemists sought the secret wisdom of how to transform base metals into gold. Artists are alchemists of a sort. We attempt to reveal wonder within the ordinary or unseen.

In my painting process, I rely heavily on imagery from the unconscious, which itself is like the ancient tome of wisdom depicted in this piece. I feel surrounded by the uncanny, the archetypal, all encrypted and sublime. Fluid images swirl around me as I paint. I study them and experiment. The spirit of creation infuses everything with malleability.