On its simplest level, the aim of alchemy is to transform a common substance into a material of great value. Likewise, the goal of ekphrasis is to transmute the viewer's emotional response to works of art into words that bear a higher meaning or truth. Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes to create an alchemy of word and image as we closely inspect several provocative pieces in the current exhibition Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art.
Top image: Prima Materia: The Periodic Table in Contemporary Art (installation view: Robert Williams, Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum – The Alchemist’s Shack, 1998–2023, Collection of Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake, PA), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, February 5 to August 27, 2023. Photo: Jason Mandella