Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Alchemy of Mining


Levant Mine










I'm fascinated by all the old mine works around in the landscape where I live. There's something very basic about the alchemical transformation of earth elements into metals. It's also quite frightening to see where the guts of the Earth have been ripped out and left out on the surface for us to watch. And now, since the mining is now almost extinct, the Earth is reclaiming the land again, making it whole, greening up what was once an intense industrial landscape.

Here is a painting showing something of what this landscape evokes for me.


Levant Alembic



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