The Alchemist’s Word
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
― William H. Gass,
Delving into the rich history of forgotten and lost professions, the team discovered Dutch artist Pieter Bruegh’s “The alchemist”, engraved after 1558. Alchemy is seen as the medieval forerunner of chemistry, and was the practice of attempting to transmute base metals into gold. But perhaps it is really the forefather of the stock exchange, where traders create wealth seemingly out of thin air. Bruegh’s piece became the basis for this artwork. Inspired by another Dutch artist Piet Mondrian we have taken abstracted blocks of colour to represent the progression of artistic expression from the dislocation of this world gone by to the fast-paced modernism of the contemporary era.