Personal Alchemy

I ignore the formal value of those pieces. The only thing I ask of art is that it helps me express what I think as clearly as possible, to invent visual and critical signs that let me condemn more efficiently the barbarism of the West. Someone could possibly prove to me that this is not art. I would have no problem with it, I would not change paths, I would simply change its name, crossing out art and calling it politics, corrosive criticism, anything at all really. – Leon Ferrari

Art Practice becomes Personal Alchemy

Colonialism begets highly concentrated levels of trauma and death in the colonized. A trauma that reverberates across generations and respects no national borders. The ever-present specter of death becomes just another aspect of reality. And in this soup of trauma and death and mass graves, reality becomes friable. And when reality becomes friable, every generation following that initial trauma is affected. In a way, in the context of my family lineage, I’m living on the cutting edge of trauma and death. After me, there is no further manifestation of that colonial lineage. So, this needs to end. And I’m actively working towards bringing about the death of that colonized I.

So long story short:

  • In the wake left by Colonialism, reality becomes friable.
  • I was born in the wake, I create in the wake, and I will die in the wake.
  • My work functions as a harbinger of that death.

What’s the perspective I’m trying to describe here. What is this “reality becomes friable”?

Friable is defined as easily crumbled. So in away, anything that once looked formidable is just not that anymore. This monolithic view of reality provided by the Empire, which we are all thrown into easily crumbles. In the previous post called Alchemical Realism 101: What are you?, And in trying to make sense of those two realities, “the reality of the conquerors as well as that of the conquered”, I have done a lot of searching. And now that I made this connection that I’m calling Alchemical Realism, I’ve gone looking in some very seemingly fringe areas of knowledge. For example, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Ceremonial Magic or Shamanism and even Fortune Telling. And so far, they have given me more answers than the traditional route would have, for sure.

This is Personal Alchemy. And like a lot of the ideas, I have devoted my research and life too, it predates the West. It predates Colonialism. It even predates the Greeks, the foundation of Western Civilization. And I really really like that.

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