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Reverse Alchemy

Anthony Thompson's avatar Anthony Thompson

Reverse Alchemy is a project in Photogravure, often integrating sculptural elements that I have created to be photographed. Alchemy was historically concerned with the transformation of base matter into something precious. The alchemy concept refers to my interest in this ongoing transformation of the photographic medium, as well as the transformation of matter that is itself the essence of art making and practice. The reverse aspect in the title alludes, albeit ironically, to what the work is ultimately about: the ways in which contemporary society/culture can sometimes transform the precious into the base -- with devastating consequences -- and the concurrent human struggle to resist that degradation.

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